The New England Revolution have parted ways with head coach Brad Friedel, the club announced Thursday. Assistant coach Mike Lapper will take over as interim head coach while the club begins the search for its next head coach.
New England lost 5-0 to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, the club's second successive five-goal defeat following a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union last weekend. The Revs have conceded 30 goals this season with a -19 goal differential, both worst in the league. They have eight points from their first 12 games.
Friedel was hired ahead of the 2018 season and compiled a 12-21-13 record.
Lapper, 48, has spent time on the coaching staff with the U.S. Under-19 squad (2016-17), West Virginia University (2013-15), and the Columbus Crew (2005-13). He has been with the Revs since last season.
Additionally, assistant coach Marcelo Neveleff will remain with the club through June 2 then join the Dominican Football Federation as its new technical director and head coach of the Under-23 team.
Friedel is the third coach this season to be relieved of his duties, after the Colorado Rapids dismissed Anthony Hudson and FC Cincinnati let go of Alan Koch.