Report: New England Revolution's coaching search includes Savarese, Friedel

Giovanni Savarese - New York Cosmos - 2016

The New England Revolution’s hunt for their next head coach includes some intriguing names, according to journalist Kristian Dyer in a report on MSG’s broadcast of the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 win at D.C. United on Sunday.

The Revs dismissed longtime boss and former player Jay Heaps in September after it became clear that New England would fail to qualify for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season. The club announced its intentions to conduct a thorough search for Heaps’ successor, with assistant Tom Soehn leading the squad for their final five games of 2017.

Dyer reports that US U-18 national team coach Omid Namazi has already been interviewed for the Revs’ vacancy, and his fellow US Soccer staffer Brad Friedel, who coaches the US U-19s in addition to his work as a television commentator, is also in the frame.

New York Cosmos manager Giovanni Savarese (pictured above), who has enjoyed plenty of success at the NASL level in recent years, “could be getting an interview in the next couple of weeks,” while former Revolution great Steve Ralston – presently an assistant on Chris Leitch’s staff in San Jose – is another potential hire.  

The team declined to confirm or deny reports on the coaching search at this time.