FOXBOROUGH — Second-year Revolution manager Brad Friedel noted Tuesday that the start of the 2019 preseason will be a little different for him and his staff compared to last year.
The difference? Knowledge.
“Yeah, it’ll be a little different, just because we know the players that we had here last year much better,” the former US international goalkeeper said before taking to the Gillette Stadium pitch for training. “We had a full year under our belts with a scouting department, which is nice. We’ve travelled to a lot of different places over the course of the year, and we’re able to assemble more of a squad that’ll be our squad, if you like.
“You gain relationships with the players that were here, and you find out which players are going to be of the right mentality that you want for your own system. I said it many times last year, we had a team that was full of very good players, and we did. Whether they’re still here or they’re gone, that doesn’t mean — the ones who’ve left — it doesn’t mean they’re bad players; it just means they aren’t the players that fit into our system the way we want to go forward.”