Revolution still looking for scoring touch

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Revolution still looking for scoring touch

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON The New England Revolution will be looking to score their first goal since May 21 on Friday night at Red Bull Arena as they travel to New York to take on the Red Bulls.

New England has lost three consecutive MLS matches, with its latest being a 1-0 loss in Dallas on Saturday. Coming with those losses has been the inability to put the ball in the back of the net, something the Revolution have done only twice in their last six games.

This week at practice, the Revs once again focused on possession. They just hope that this time, the work carries over onto the scoreboard Friday night.

Weve been trying to concentrate on possession a lot this week, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Not anymore than we normally do, but just trying to emphasize that if we do possess it, then we will create chances.

Those possessions and chances will once again come without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who will most likely miss a couple more weeks after spraining his right ankle. It continues to be a tough loss, considering that forward Marko Perovic is now out for the season after knee surgery.

The Red Bulls wont have their complete roster on Friday night, either.

Juan Agudelo (United States), Dwayne De Rosario (Canada), Rafa Marquez (Mexico), Tim Ream (United States), and Dane Richards (Jamaica) are all currently playing for their national teams in the 2011 Gold Cup.

It should give the Revs a little more confidence going into Fridays game with the Red Bulls, who are in second-place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points. The Revs have 13 points, which puts them in sixth place in the East.

The Revolution made a few roster moves prior to Fridays game, waiving midfielder Michael Augustine on Wednesday, and signing midfielder Ryan Guy from Irelands Saint Patricks Athletic on Thursday.

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Revs announce Heaps’ firing, name Soehn interim coach

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Revs announce Heaps’ firing, name Soehn interim coach

Tom Soehn will take over as interim coach of the New England Revolution for the remaining five matches of the MLS season after the team confirmed the firing of Jay Heaps with an announcement on Tuesday.

Ives Galarcep of Goal USA was first to report Heaps’ firing on Monday. 

The decision to move on from Heaps comes after two back-to-back losses, one of which was a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United. New England is 10-14-5 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Revs next play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. 

Heaps had been the Revs head coach since 2011, the longest tenure in team history, and was 75-81-43 in the regular season. He also led the Revs to the MLS Cup Final in 2014 where they lost to the LA Galaxy.

“Jay has done a great deal for the club over the years and had considerable achievements. I have great respect for him and wish him well in the next steps of his career,” said Revs general manager Michael Burns. “This decision has not been taken lightly, however, we need to do better than the results have shown from the last couple of seasons and this season left us convinced we need to go in a different direction.”

Heaps has been a central figure in 15 of the Revolution's 22 seasons in MLS, including nine years as a defender for the team from 2001-09. He played a part in all five of the Revolution's Eastern Conference championships, four as a player, and helped lead them to the U.S. Open Cup Final on three occasions, including the club's victory in 2007.
 
“Jay gave the club his all as a player and coach, and we are thankful to him for all his passion and hard work,” said Revs team president Brian Bilello. “We will always be grateful for his efforts in bringing us back to both an MLS Cup final and a U.S. Open Cup Final and wish nothing but the best for him moving forward.”

Soehn was in his fourth season as an assistant coach after joining Heaps’ staff in January 2014. Soehn has been an MLS player, assistant coach, head coach, and team executive. He began his pro playing career in 1988 and has 13 years of MLS coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant, including three seasons with the Chicago Fire and six seasons with D.C. United.
 


 

Report: Revolution part ways with head coach Jay Heaps

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Report: Revolution part ways with head coach Jay Heaps

The New England Revolution have fired head coach Jay Heaps, according to Ives Galarcep of Goal USA.

The decision to move on from Heaps comes after two straight losses, one of which was a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United.

Heaps has been the Revs head coach since 2011 and compiled a 75-81-43 regular season record. He also led them to the MLS Cup Final in 2014 where they lost to the LA Galaxy.

The Revs are currently 10-14-5 with five games remaining in the season. Galarcep says there is "no word yet" on who will replace Heaps.

Heaps played for the organization from 2001-2009.