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Friedel apologizes to fans after loss to Montreal

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Friedel calls Wednesday’s performance unacceptable.

MLS: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel had one word to describe Wednesday’s performance against the Montreal Impact: unacceptable.

In desperate need of a positive result, the Revs lost 3-0 against the Impact. The Revolution were thoroughly outplayed at home, as they failed to muster a single shot on target. Their opponent, who arrived in the area that day due to travel issues, recorded nine shots on goal.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to have zero shots on target in any game, whether it’s home or away,” Friedel said during an interview with Zolak and Bertrand.

The head coach took responsibility for the performance, noting that he wasn’t going to blame the players or his staff. Instead, he insisted that he “will take all the blame on this myself.” Friedel went as far as to apologize to the fans.

“I know it’s one of those performances that I and my staff would have to apologize to the fans for, the ones that did come down,” Friedel said. “We were second to everything in the first half.”

The Revs haven’t had a lot of success in 2019, as the team is currently 10th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 2-6-1. Their goal differential is -9, which is the worst in the East.

Still, Friedel is hopeful that his team will turn things around. For this to happen, everyone has to be willing to work hard.

“I don’t think any of the fans have to think that we’re happy with that, that I’m happy with that, that the players are happy with that,” Friedel said. “The only way out of it is to work ourselves out of it.”