Revolution

Sweeney: When you shuffle the deck like Friedel did Saturday, the results came as expected

FOXBOROUGH — Just how much of a wake-up call did Brad Friedel send to his locker room Saturday afternoon?

After mentioning during last Sunday’s press conference that four or five players didn’t put in the work against FC Cincinnati, Revolution fans basically called for four or five changes to his starting XI for Saturday afternoon’s sunny soiree with Minnesota United FC in town.

Friedel has long held during his brief managerial tenure at Patriot Place that it doesn’t matter what your last name is, what you’ve done in the past (say hello, Kelyn Rowe; say hello, Lee Nguyen), or how much money is owed you (nice knowing you, Krisztian Nemeth; au revoir, Claude Dielna), that if you put in the hard work in training, you’ll earn your spot at the weekend. It has earned quite a bit of head-scratching from fans and the Revs' press gaggle.

However, given the result six days prior, and with that press conference in mind, one has to think that the XI Friedel sent out to face the Loons was meant to shake the locker room up yet again. You don’t want to do your job? Okay, here are some players who are willing to do the work.

So yes, he made those four or five changes for Saturday.

In fact, he made six.