After a 2-8-2 start to the 2019 season and back-to-back five-goal drubbings, the Revolution have parted ways with Brad Friedel.
The announcement came at 2:16 p.m. Thursday, after the club returned to Foxborough following Wednesday night’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Fire. Assistant coach Mike Lapper, who came to the Revolution along with Friedel, takes over on an interim basis as the Original Ten outfit will now look for its new head coach, the eighth in club history.
Friedel was 12-21-13 in his year-plus tenure with the Revolution, which was his first head coaching gig outside of the U.S. U-19 national team. After starting the 2018 season out well, the club has only achieved full points in five matches since the calendar turned to July.
Lapper was Friedel’s assistant for the last 18 months, but was also with him with the U.S. U-19s. In addition, he was an assistant with Columbus for nine years (2005-13), as well as the West Virginia University men’s soccer program from 2013-15.
The club also announced that second seat assistant Marcelo Neveleff will remain with the organization until June 2 and the Revs’ match with LA Galaxy in Carson, Calif., the last match for the club before the CONCACAF Gold Cup break.
Neveleff will become the Dominican Republic’s U-23 coach at that time.
The club offered no comment on the coaching switch in a statement to the press.
Friedel is the third Major League Soccer coaching casualty in nine days: Colorado relieved Anthony Hudson of his duties last Wednesday, May 1, and on Tuesday, FC Cincinnati fired Alan Koch.
It’s a start, but let’s face facts here: it’s not enough. Or even close to enough. Firing Friedel only relieves one symptom of the illness plaguing the once-proud franchise called the New England Revolution. The rot, the cancer, is still lodged within the club. Remove that, and the club has a chance. Leave it be, let it stagnate again, and you'll have the same results.
I guarantee it.