Sweeney: Three takeaways from a spirited 2-1 win by the Revolution Saturday afternoon, and one from Saturday morning

(Tim Bouwer/

FOXBOROUGH — A three-match losing skid's snapping deserves a couple of quick-hit thoughts to wrap up Saturday’s 2-1 win over Minnesota United, all as I sit back and hydrate:

Friedel threw some serious shade toward his critics Saturday

It’s completely understandable, given the last seven days or so, from his 13-minute press conference last Sunday to the negative reactions that the league-paid writers for have given Brad Friedel for the club’s recent performances. I felt his frustration last Sunday, and even during Tuesday morning’s media scrum.

So when I asked if he could give some insight into the work rate of a couple of players Saturday — the exact phrasing I used was “worked their tails off” — he said,