Brad Friedel is on the outside looking in after his firing. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It must be firing season in Major League Soccer.
Former U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Friedel became the third head coach to be axed in the past nine days as the New England Revolution fired him Thursday.
Friedel’s firing came after a pair of disastrous losses, 5-0 to the Chicago Fire Wednesday night and 6-1 to the Philadelphia Union Saturday. The Revs had conceded a MLS record 18 goals in their past four matches.
Revs assistant coach Mike Lapper will take over as interim head coach while the club begins the search for its next head coach.
Assistant coach Marcelo Neveleff will remain with the Revolution through the club’s match against the LA Galaxy June 2. Following the match, Neveleff will join the Dominican Football Federation as its new technical director and head coach of its Under-23 team.
Friedel became the third coach to join the ranks of the unemployed as the Colorado Rapids bounced Anthony Hudson May 1 and FC Cincinnati expansion team gave Alan Koch the boot Tuesday May 7.
The Revs sent out a press release about Friedel’s firing, but did not make a comment about his dismissal.
Friedel’s tenure with the Revolution ended in the midst of his second season as head coach after accruing a 12-21-13 record, including a 2-8-2 mark through the first 12 games of this season. Friedel was named the seventh head coach in club history Nov. 9, 2017.
Lapper, 48, is in his second season with New England after joining the club as an assistant coach in November 2017. The former U.S. international brings nearly 15 years of coaching experience to the position, including stints as an assistant with the U.S. Under-19 squad (2016-17), West Virginia University (2013-15), and nine seasons with Columbus Crew SC (2005-13). The Redondo Beach, Calif. native began his coaching career in 2004 with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team before joining Columbus’ staff, where he helped the club claim an MLS Cup title in 2008, two Supporters’ Shields (2008, 2009), and an appearance in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals in 2009.