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Richie Williams joins Bruce Arena's staff as Revolution assistant coach

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Richie Williams joins Bruce Arena's staff as Revolution assistant coach

New Revolution head coach Bruce Arena has added a veteran presence to his coaching staff, hiring Richie Williams as an assistant coach.

Williams, 48, has spent the last 15 years in various coaching roles within the MLS and the U.S. Men's National Team, and that includes two previous stints as an assistant under Arena — with the USMNT from 2017-18 and with the New York Red Bulls from 2006-07. 

"Richie and I have a relationship that dates back nearly 30 years, and I have the utmost confidence that he will bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and expertise of the game to the Revolution that he has throughout each stop of his coaching and playing career," Arena said in a team press release. "I look forward to bringing him onboard and getting him integrated into club as quickly as possible."

In addition to serving on Arena's staff previously, Williams has also played under Arena several times, winning an NCAA championship at the University of Virginia in 1991. The two also teamed up for three straight MLS Cup appearances with D.C. United, including championships in 1996 and 1997.

Williams most recently served as the head coach of D.C. United's USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC, leading Loudoun to a 2-3-4 record in its inaugural season. The Revolution will give D.C. United an undisclosed amount of compensation for the hiring of Williams. 

Williams will officially join Arena's staff in June.

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Highlights of the Revolution's scoreless tie with the Impact

Highlights of the Revolution's scoreless tie with the Impact

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 0, Impact 0

IN BRIEF:  The visiting Revolution and Montreal Impact play to a scoreless tie on Saturday, leaving New England unbeaten in two games under interim coach Mike Lapper. Former USMNT team coach Bruce Arena was named head coach and sporting director of the Revs earlier this week. BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 3-8-3 (11th in Eastern Conference)

HIGHLIGHTS:

JANIL ANIBABA SAVES A GOAL:

ROOKIE DEJUAN JONES SETS UP REVS WITH A FIRST-HALF CHANCE

UP NEXT:
Vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

Six championship banners currently hang at Gillette Stadium, and none belong to the New England Revolution.

Bruce Arena would like to change that.

The Revolution's new head coach shared a bold vision Thursday at his introductory press conference in Foxboro, expressing a desire to not only pull the Revs out of the MLS doldrums but carry them to the level of their highly successful neighbors.

"I said in my statement when I was named (head coach) that this is such a great sports town," Arena said. "We want to try to elevate the Revolution on par with these other championship teams in Boston.

"It’s a big challenge. I feel great about being in a great city with great ownership and great potential."

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Arena has a long way to go. Boston's professional sports teams have won two championships in the past seven months alone -- the Red Sox in October 2018 and the New England Patriots in February -- and the Bruins are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final. The "disappointing" Celtics bowed out in the second round this season but have won an NBA-best 17 titles in their storied history.

The Revs, meanwhile, haven't reached the MLS playoffs since 2015 and sit dead-last in the Eastern Conference with 11 points.

But Arena, with five MLS Cups and experience with the U.S. men's national team on his resume, believes the mechanisms are in place for a turnaround.

"In all the positions I’ve had in the past in the league I’ve always wanted to be in an organization I felt wanted to win," Arena added. “In my conversations with the Krafts (Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft) and (Revolution president) Brian (Bilello), they’re really confident we can move the team forward. There (are) aspirations to build a stadium one day, and we’ll have the resources to make the team better."

Revs fans are hoping that process begins Saturday when New England hosts the Montreal Impact, who defeated the Revs 3-0 earlier this season.

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