The recent firing of Revolution coach Brad Friedel marks the beginning of a new era for the New England Revolution. The 2019 season has been somewhat of a disappointment for Revolution fans. Currently, the club sits in eleventh place in the MLS soccer standings. This month the Kraft family decided to go in another direction and hired well respected Bruce Arena to guide the organization. As a coach, Arena is one of the most successful coaches in soccer history. In this post, we will review three why hiring Bruce Arena is a step in the right direction. One Of The Most Successful Coaches In MLS history In Arena, New England gets one of the most successful coaches in soccer history. His resume includes five MLS Cup championships. Three with the LA Galaxy in 2011, 2912, and 2014. Also, a Supporters Cup Shield in 2011. The decision to fire Brad Friedel came as a result of another slow start by the Revolution. Friedel compiled a 12-21-13 record in his brief tenure as head coach, Certainly not good enough to compete for a world cup. For the past five seasons, the Revolution have been struggling at the bottom. Currently, the Revolution are 4-8-4 and stand in 11th place in the MLS East. With Arenas, winning history fans can expect a total housecleaning. Impressive Resume Another reason for the hiring of Arena, was his remarkable resume. He began his coaching career after graduating from Cornell in the late sixties. At Cornell. he participated in soccer and was the team’s goalkeeper for four years. As for his coaching experience, Arena has had a brilliant career coaching the LA Galaxy, DC United, and NY Red Bulls. In Los Angeles Arena guided the Galaxy to three MLS titles Also, in 1996 and 1998 he led DC United to two World Cups. Not to mention a supporters cup in 1995. Winning Formula Taking over the Revolution will be a challenge. As an organization, the club has never won a US Cup. despite four attempts in the early part of the millennial. In 2000 the team won a US open cup trophy. The Future Ahead By hiring Arena the Kraft family is sending a message that significant changes are coming. After their worst start in franchise history, the team can only go up. As for the roster, the Revolution do have several players with plenty of upside. Some talented names to watch are goalkeeper Cody Cropper, Midfielder, Scott Caldwell, forwards, Teal Bunbury, and Diego Fagundez. It will take some time, but look for Arena to do what needs to be done and bring a World Cup to Gillette stadium.
With only twenty nine games left in th 2017 MLS soccer season, the New England Revolution, seem to be on the outside looking in. Standings wise the Revolution have not been gaining any ground at all in the Eastern Conference. Attitude wise the club remains positive. Tenth place has been the home for the Revolution all year. With an 8-12 record the Revolution need to win all nine remaing games. Anything less will result in no playoffs. Desire has been the missing element this season. Several players have stressed that the talk needs to stop and wins need to come. The Revolution have had a realitively weak attack a;; season. Head coach Jay Heaps can feel the fans frustration on a nightly basis. The Revolution continue to play back on it’s heels Moving the ball consistently just hasn’t been their. Without offensive pressure the season could be over soon. Goal tending has been one bright spot for the Revolution. Cody Cropper has been outstanding. With six shutouts to his credit he’s kept the season in tact.Cropper is one of the best in the M,LS with 57 saves to his credit. Backup Brad Knighton has spelled Cropper and has been also impressive. Lack of offense has been the main issue for the Revolution this season. Saturday for example was a typical loss for the Revolution. A 2-1 loss at the hands of DC United.Getting a convincing win hasn’t been happening for the Revolution. Defensively the team has been been pretty stable. With most games decided by one goal the Revolution have been in most games. The team has kept the sore tight for most of the season. Defender Scott Caldwell has been the Teams best defender. Caldwell was also injured missing a few weeks in the middle of the season. League wise the Revolution aren’t that bad. The just can’t seem to gain any ground and catch the Montreal Impact 7th place 36 points. With nine games left the Revolution need to need to play every game with desire. If they don’t they finish the season in tenth place or less in the standings .
So far this season the Revolution are struggling to get out of the middle of the pack in the 2017 soccer season. The 6=9 Revolution have found themselves pretty well locked in to tenth place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Certainly it isin’t due to lack of effort the Revolution just can’t seem to gain any ground. This past Saturday for example the Revolution had one of their most exciting wins of the season . The Revolution defeated the LA Galaxy 4-3. The Revolution got great performances from reserve forward TealBunbury 2 goals. Also contributing to the mix were forward Kei Kamara 1 goal and forward Diego Fagundez 3 assists. For Bunbury it was his best game in the past twenty games in which he hasn’t scored a point. The Revolution head to Philadelphia this weekend for a match with the ninth place Union. Hopefully this past weekends win will be a springboard for more wins to come. The Revolution find themselves tied with the Union with 20 points and in front of DC United with 18 points. The Head coach Jay Heaps has been working short handed for some time but got a hige lift from Bunbury off the bench. The Revolution have fourteen games left and if they want to make any kind of move now is the right time. From now until the rest of the season the Revolution need every point they can get. After Philadelphia this weekend the Revolution have games against Chicago and Vancouver. In order for the Revolution to make any advancement they have to play ninety minutes of soccer every game. So far this season the Revolution have gotten consistent performances from Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo and forward Kei Kamara. Ngyuen continues to be one of the best players in the league with 8 goals and 7 assists in 20 games. Goal keeper Cody Cropper continues solid in goal game after game. Soccer like any other sport has it’s share of injuries. If the short handed Revolution want to make any significant gain then th ey need to dig down deep and find ways to win.
The New England Revolution head to Philadelphia for a game against the Union. The Rev’s are coming off a tough 2-0 loss in Toronto. The Rev’s are holding on to an eigth place in theMLS East with a 5=7 record and 20 points. Despite the tough loss in Toronto the Rev’s remain upbeatThe Red Bulls ofNew York are in seventh with 23 points while the Union are in ninth with 19 points. Despite the up and down season so far the Revolution continue to get heroic effots from goalkeeper Cody Cropper. Cropper one of the leagues has played in 16 games while piling up 1440 minutes. Other honorable mentions are forward Juan Agudelo. Agudelo leads the Rev’s with 7 goal and 2 assist. Also midfielder Diego Fagundez has 4 goals and 4 assist. And one of the leagues best midfieldrs Lee Nguyen with 6goals and 8 assist. For the Revolution every game becomes critical. They have two very important games coming up. One away in Philadelphia and one at home against the Red Bulls of New York. If worst comes to worst the need to win at home on July 2nd.
The 5-5 Revolution have two tough games coming up in the next couple of weeks.On June 14th the Revs meet Rochester at Rochester and three days later face Chicago at home at Gillette. Currently the Revs are in 7th place in the M,LS Eastern conference with 20 points.The Red Bulls of New York are in front tied with 20 pts and Atlanta United is right behind the Revs with 18 points. So far, this season, the Revs are getting good performances from midfielder LeeNgyuenone of the leagues best. So far Ngyuen has 4 goals and 2 assists, and has played in all 15 games. He’s also logged 690 minutes. the Revilution are also getting good performancesfrom Diego Fagundez 4goals and 365 shots and 2 sssists and has played in all 15 games. Also goalkeeper Cody Cropper is having an outstanding season. Cropper has recorded 37 saves, and has a 5-4 record and four shutouts. He also earned save of the week award against Seattle on 4/29 of this year. So far the Revs are playing tough competitive soccer. A sweep in the next two games would be a big boost for the Revolution. A split would keep them pretty much where they are.