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Angels Links: Brad Friedel to become New England Revolution head coach

Lots of MLS news as the international break is upon us.

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Brad Friedel hired as New England Revolution head coach

According to multiple reports, Brad Friedel will be the new head coach of the New England Revolution. This had been rumored for a couple of days now. Friedel has never been a professional head coach before, but he was the coach of the U.S. U-19 team for the last two years. Friedel also has a distinguished playing career, in the Premier League as well as for the USMNT. New England was in the MLS Cup final as recently as 2014, but it’s been downhill for the Revs since then. Friedel will look to turn that around in an improved Eastern Conference.

LA Galaxy and former USMNT defender Robbie Rogers retires

Robbie Rogers retired from the game of soccer at the age of 30 after a hghly successful career. Rogers won two MLS Cups and two supporter shields, was an MLS All-Star twice and MLS Best XI once. Rogers also made 18 appearances for the USMNT. Rogers is probably best known for being the first male pro team sports athlete in the U.S. to come out as a gay man. He was an important figure for the fight for acceptance for gay athletes, and has conducted himself with class on and off the field. Rogers has been an important figure in MLS and he will be missed.

Michael Emenalo out as Chelsea FC Technical Director

Michael Emenalo has been the Chelsea technical director for the last six years, and has been responsible for many successful signings by the Blues. However it appears that his time at the club is coming to an end. Reports are unclear whether Emenalo was fired or if he quit, but either way he appears to be gone. He has already generated interest from AS Monaco. It’s unclear whether this means Antonio Conte will become more involved with transfers, but perhaps this will quiet some of the noise about Conte and his reported unhappiness.

NYCFC’s failure to supplement David Villa’s scoring ultimately their downfall in the playoffs

New York City FC’s playoff loss will probably mainly be attributed to defensive mistakes, and there certainly were many in that first leg defeat to Columbus Crew SC. However you can just as easily say it was their offense that let NYCFC down, specifically all the attacking players on NYCFC not named David Villa. Villa scored 40 percent of the Citizens’ goals this year, and that is a remarkably high number, especially factoring in the fact that Villa is 35 and not getting any younger. Jack Harrison and Rodney Wallace started off the season doing very well, but their goal production dried up as the season went on. Going forward NYCFC will look to keep adding to their attack, especially since as Villa gets older he will face an inevitable decline.

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