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Revolution fire head coach Brad Friedel; Mike Lapper named interim coach

Revolution fire head coach Brad Friedel; Mike Lapper named interim coach

It appears the New England Revolution's 5-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday was the last straw for Brad Friedel.

The Revolution relieved Friedel of his head coach duties Thursday, naming assistant Mike Lapper the interim head coach, effective immediately.

Friedel's firing comes after a brutal 2-8-2 start to the 2019 season for the Revs, who sit in last place in the MLS' Eastern Conference and have the worst goal differential (-19) in the entire league.

Friedel, a former goalkeeper for several Premier League teams, was in his second season as New England's head coach after replacing Jay Heaps in November 2017.

He ends his Revs tenure with a 12-21-13 overall record.

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Revolution coach Brad Friedel apologizes to fans for team's performance vs. Montreal

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Revolution coach Brad Friedel apologizes to fans for team's performance vs. Montreal

The Revolution's struggles continued with a rough loss to the Impact on Thursday night.

New England fell by a score of 3-0, marking its fourth loss at home. The Revs now are 2-6-1 and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Head coach Brad Friedel took a moment Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zo and Bertrand" to apologize to Revs fans for the team's poor performance.

Listen to the clip below:

The Revolution look to bounce back from the loss with a better performance vs. Sporting Kansas City. The match will take place Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

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Revs' charity match vs. Chelsea an exciting opportunity for young players

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Revs' charity match vs. Chelsea an exciting opportunity for young players

An eight-time Premier League champion will visit Gillette Stadium in just two months' time.

The New England Revolution will host Chelsea FC on May 15 in an exhibition contest dubbed "The Final Whistle On Hate," with all proceeds from the charity match going toward initiatives dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

In addition to playing for a great cause, Revs coach Brad Friedel is excited about the chance to play against one of the most storied clubs in international soccer.

"We're looking forward to that, no doubt," Friedel said Thursday during his appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand. "I think the most important thing is why we're doing it and the funds being raised and the charities it will go towards."

Friedel, who spent almost a decade in the Premier League as a goalkeeper for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, also will recognize a few folks on Chelsea's sideline.

"I get to see some old friends: There's one of my old teammates on the coaching staff, and there's another very good friend of mine, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces," Friedel said.

Friedel also recognized the match is a good chance for some of his less experienced players to go up against some of the best players Europe has to offer.

"I also think it'll be a good time for some of our new players and players maybe that haven't been over to Europe to play and see up close and personal some of the players from one of the world's elite teams," he added.

"So, I think all around it's a very good thing."

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