The New England Revolution closed the Florida leg of preseason on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati. The Revs are now 1-1-1 as they prepare to enter the Mobile Mini Sun Cup in Tucson, AZ.
Preseason started with a bang as the Revs defeated the New York Red Bulls 4-3 on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Brian Wright, Cristian Penilla, Kelyn Rowe, and Femi Hollinger-Janzen got on the score sheet to give Brad Friedel his first win as a club coach.
Friedel’s first loss would come three days later when the Revs dropped a 1-0 result to Malmo FF of Sweden. The American side was undone by Carlos Strandberg, who capitalized on a turnover.
The Revolution were back in action on Tuesday, facing FC Cincinnati. The USL club struck first through Corben Bone. Rookie Brandon Bye would later find an equalizer by getting forward from the right back position.
Of course, results aren’t overly important during preseason, as this time is meant to build fitness, cohesion, and tactical understanding. Friedel reflected on his time in Florida after the finale against FC Cincinnati.
“All in all, the whole training camp here has done exactly what we wanted it to do,” Friedel said. “We’ve instilled some of our philosophies, a lot of hard work, there’s a lot of tired bodies, and now we get to go back to Boston for a couple days, then on to a tournament and the season’s creeping near.”