Alex Morgan became the second player in Women’s World Cup history to score five times in one game. Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) to a historic 13-0 routing of Thailand in the team’s first game of the group stage of the tournament.
Not even 24 hours after Mike Burns was fired as GM, the New England Revolution have announced their new sporting director and head coach. The 5-Time MLS Cup champion, and winningest coach in U.S. Men’s National Team history, Bruce Arena has earned the spot. Arena, who most recently coached the L.A. Galaxy in 2016, will now headman a Revs team that lost to an Arena-lead Galaxy squad in 2014. Arena’s tenure as a head coach has been stellar outside of his second stint with the U.S. Men’s National Team that saw his squad fail to qualify for the World Cup, although the were able to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The New England Revolution have formally announced that they have parted ways with longtime General Manager Mike Burns.
It seems like the shift at head coach may have ended up paying off much more than we expected, after last night’s match. The New England Revolution welcomed the surging San Jose Earthquakes to Foxboro, as the Revs looked to continue their undefeated run against San Jose, dating back to 2013. An above-average crowd showed up to support the home side, and what a perfect night for it, as the supporter’s groups came together to begin their #BurnsOut campaign, calling for change in the upper management. Members of The Fort unfurled a sign shortly after kick off that read, “N.E. Deserves Better”, a clear message to Mike Burns, Brian Bilello, and the Krafts.
The New England Revolution have announced that manager Brad Friedel has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team. Friedel, who was brought in prior to the beginning of the 2018 MLS season, hoped to transition from his role as an analyst on ESPN FC and Fox Sports One to turn around a Revs team that looked to be on the decline. While the first half of his inaugural season with the team brought him an 8-4-9 record, with the Revs hanging onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team ended the season by only winning 2 games following a monumental collapse at the hands of the LA Galaxy at home, almost as if the loss had shaken the team to a point of no return.
With the Revs sitting in 12th place at the end of the transfer deadline window, a competent general manager would’ve brought in new acquisitions to shake up the roster, and provide that added jolt to carry the team into the Summer, and right the ship before it’s too late. Well, unless you’re Mike Burns, that is. The level of disregard for the fan base, and mountains upon mountains of failed promises have reached an absolutely unacceptable level, and it’s clear that it’s primarily Burns’ fault. The closing of the transfer window this morning at 1 AM EST, paired with the spectacular zero signings as a last place team with an owner who has some pretty deep pockets just looks pitiful when compared against the rest of the league.
Wow. Even with the sheer optimism I always have with the Revolution, hoping for the best for the club, players, and fans, last night was truly abysmal. By no means should the Revolution have lost that game last night, and it falls squarely on the head of the management, and ownership of the franchise. The Impact had flown into Foxboro earlier that day, after their flight had been cancelled, and were without 5 of their regular starters, including Ignacio Piatti. Let me throw a few stats out here that truly show how poor the Revs have played this season. Carlos Vela singlehandedly has more goals than 9 other MLS teams. Not a bad stat right? Vela’s good right? Wait, it gets worse. On that list however, get this, Carlos Vela has more shots on goal than the ENTIRE Revolution roster. Here’s another one I found last night thanks to @RevolutionRecap on Twitter: Teal Bunbury has only one shot on goal this season, but has somehow managed to have two shots go out for a throw-in. Seriously? Last night’s game really showcased glaring problems on and off the pitch, and it’s up to Robert Kraft to either sell the franchise to an owner willing to help out the team, or fire Mike Burns.
Saturday night the Revs seemed to finally solve their early season defensive woes as they held the visiting New York Red Bulls to no goals as Cristian Penilla’s late goal secured a win for Brad Friedel’s side. While the win wasn’t the prettiest thanks to the massive amounts of rain heaped on both the players and fans in attendance, 3 points are always better than none. Looking at the game again, it’s apparent what changes were instituted, and what truly lead to the play on the pitch by the Revs, and it really starts with one man, Jalil Anibaba.
The Revolution thankfully were able to escape Fortress Foxboro with three points this past weekend, after welcoming Minnesota United to 1 Patriot Place. Minnesota sat in 5th place in the Western Conference heading into the day and looked to surpass Houston and Dallas in order to move into the Top 3 and rebounding nicely following a 10th place Western Conference finish in 2018. Adrian Heath’s squad had progressed massively this offseason, with MLS veterans Ozzie Alonso and Ike Opara joining the fray, as well as former Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, and Slovakian midfielder Jan Gregus who looked to provide a true spine for the struggling Loons. The Revs came into the day, sat nearly in last place in the Eastern table, still looking for their elusive first victory of the 2019 season, this time with 2017 starter Cody Cropper starting in between the pipes for the first time since a 6-1 loss against Orlando City that very same season.
Today, the Revolution announced that they have resigned defensive midfielder Scott Caldwell to a multi-year contract, extending his tenure with the Revs beyond the 7 years he’s already been on the first team. No salary numbers or exact length are available yet, but look for a 3-year contract with Scotty earning around $250,000 a season. Caldwell, who is currently 28, has been a mainstay in the middle of the field for the team since 2014 where he earned his first full time role alongside Jermaine Jones, has been an example of what many coaches would call, the perfect player. “If you ever went into coaching, you’d want 28 Scotty Caldwells.”, said one Revs coach, in a tweet posted by Jeff Lemieux earlier today. His dominance between 2013-2016 caused many pundits to consider Scott one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, and he was able to produce mightily for his Revs teammates and co.