“They look fit, and their movements were all very good,” Friedel said of Agudelo and Nemeth, who played together up top at times, with Nemeth underneath. “I don’t think we’re going to have any -- well, knock on wood – any recurrence of the injuries. We were very, very pleased with seeing them get 30 minutes coming out unscathed, and with their overall effort in the game.”
The preseason has been one of catchup for Nemeth and Agudelo. Nemeth came back to MLS last August and saw his first action under Friedel against the team for which he scored 11 goals in 2015. Agudelo has played 101 games and scored 41 goals for the Revs (including playoffs) during his two stints (2013; 2015-present) but like all of his teammates, he’s learning from a new head coach.
“It’s a new system, a new rhythm, so I was just trying to get into it,” said Agudelo. “That’s what I’ve been doing; just rehabbing, battling to try to get back and to try to build that chemistry that everybody that’s healthy has been building during this preseason."
New England Revolution:
IN: Isaac Angking (Homegrown signing), Gabriel Somi (Ostersunds FK/SWE), Wilfried Zahibo (Gimnastic de Tarragona/ESP, free), Cristian Penilla (Pachuca/MEX, loan), Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo, free), Nicolas Samayoa (FGCU, SuperDraft), Brandon Bye (Western Michigan Univ., SuperDraft), Mark Segbers (Univ. of Wisconsin, SuperDraft).
OUT: Xavier Kouassi, Donnie Smith, Josh Smith, Je-Vaughn Watson, London Woodberry (Nashville SC), Daigo Kobayashi, Kei Kamara (Vancouver Whitecaps, trade), Benjamin Angoua (Guingamp/FRA, loan expired), Gershon Koffie (Hammarby/SWE, loan expired).
Goalkeeper: Cody Cropper, Brad Knighton, Matt Turner.
Defenders: Jalil Anibaba, Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea, Claude Dielna, Andrew Farrell, Nicolas Samayoa, Mark Segbers, Gabriel Somi, Chris Tierney,
Midfielders: Isaac Angking, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Zachary Herivaux, Lee Nguyen, Cristian Penilla, Kelyn Rowe, Wilfried Zahibo.
Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Krisztian Nemeth, Brian Wright.
This is a quick fix, but perhaps not the correct one. It's possible the players aren't mentally sharp, or have low soccer IQs, that no amount of running will compensate for.
Friedel might be right about players not being in condition enough, but that is difficult to believe because the American game is all about running, like Pirlo once stated. If I were the owner of this team I would never hire a coach who was a former goalie, no way! How many teams will you find in Europe that is coached by a former goalie. A goalie is by nature an organizer type, a defensive not a creative type. His position does not lend in knowing how field player really play or think. This is why a goalie gets seperate training by a special goalie coach. You'll will never see Ajax, Barcelona, Man Utd, Bayern coached by a former goalie....I think NE Revolution need to go back to the drawing board as far as selecting a coach.
R2Dad, unfortunately your comment has no interest for most coaches and certain team owners. Surprisingly, Friedel who spent most of his career in top flight English football seems to have a preference for the physical aspect instead of the technical focus...too few teams in the MLS have the ability to possess and play with purpose. As Frank S. stated, keepers as coaches is a management decision in futility.