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Revolution hire new assistant coach

Kevin Hitchcock enters as Ruben Garcia departs. 

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As one coach leaves, another enters.

The New England Revolution have hired Kevin Hitchcock as an assistant coach to replace Ruben Garcia. Garcia left his role as the Revs goalkeepers coach to become the Sporting Director of La Liga side SD Huesca.

“We are pleased to add another accomplished professional to the coaching staff in Kevin, who brings a world-class pedigree as both a coach and as a player to the club,” Friedel said via press release.

Hitchcock was most recently the goalkeepers coach for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC. Before that he spent time with Watford FC (2001-04), Blackburn Rovers FC (2004-08), Manchester City FC (2008-10), Fulham FC (2011), Queens Park Rangers (2012-15), Al Arabi Sports Club (2015-16), and Birmingham City FC (2016-18). He comes to Foxboro with 18 years of coaching experience.

The hiring is a reunion of sorts, as Hitchcock served as Brad Friedel’s goalkeeper coach during his time at Blackburn.

As a player, Hitchcock made 300 appearances in England, which included winning two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Cup Winners Cup, and one Super Cup with Chelsea FC. Hitchcock was with Chelsea from 1988-2001, though he spent time on loan with West Ham United FC (1993) and Northampton Town FC (1990). Hitchcock also spent time with Mansfield Town FC and Watford. His youth career was spent with Nottingham Forest FC and Barking F.C.