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Friedel holds closed-door meeting after bad loss

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It’s time to regroup.

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Two days after the New England Revolution recorded a 2-0 loss to expansion side FC Cincinnati, head coach Brad Friedel held a closed-door meeting to talk about the state of the club.

Friedel took over in 2018 and surprised opponents with his relentless press. This didn’t last, however, as opponents adjusted. Friedel ended his first season with a 10-13-11 record, which placed the Revs outside the playoffs for a third straight year.

There was some hope that the Revs would improve in Friedel’s second year, but the early results haven’t been positive. The Revs are 0-3-1, which includes two home losses.

The most recent result was particularly concerning, as many players lacked energy. After the game, Antonio Delamea noted that the effort “was not nearly 50 percent.” Friedel stated that there were “five or six players that lacked any kind of desire to work.”

These observations led to a meeting.

“We had to address it,” Friedel told media on Tuesday. “It’s never nice meetings.”

The talking points of the meeting have remained behind closed doors. The hope is that the discussion will get everyone on the same page ahead of an important stretch where the Revs host four of five.

If things come together, Friedel is confident that results will start to go the Revs’ way.

“We’re just trying to improve the group collectively,” Friedel said. “I stand by the fact that we have good players. I stand by the fact that once we put it together for 90 minutes, we will be getting results.

“I hope that starts on Saturday, but there were also some very worrying signs with some work issues in the first half on Sunday.”