The New England Revolution hired veteran sports scientist Gabriel Martinez Poch as head of fitness and formally announced the addition of Sergio Neveleff — brother of current assistant coach Marcelo Neveleff — as an international scout.
Revolution head coach Brad Friedel has prioritized his players’ fitness, particularly for pressing over an entire match. Poch has more than 20 years of experience training soccer players around the world and replaces Anton McElhone, who left New England last fall after just one season to be assistant coach of England’s Bradford City.
Poch, 53, comes from La Plata, Argentina. He’s spent most of his career in South America, though he’s also worked with clubs in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Neveleff has been an independent scout since 2014. Most of his experience stems from nearly 15 years in Argentina. Like his brother, he has served in executive positions with Bolivian outfit Jorge Wilstermann and has also worked with the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The Revs also announced that Academy athletic trainer Matthew Kirkpatrick has been promoted to assistant athletic trainer for the senior team.