The New England Revolution have a bye next weekend, so they'll look to enter the off-week on a positive note, as they try and get back in the win column against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Both the Revolution and Fire are coming off losses in the U.S. Open Cup earlier this week. But it was New England's loss that was the most devastating of the two, as it blew a 3-0 lead to the Harrisburg City Islanders.
As for regular-season games, the Revs are coming off a 3-2 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium last weekend. They enter Saturday's match with the Fire as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of 10), with 13 points and a 4-7-1 record.
Meanwhile, Chicago is the fifth-place team in the East, with 18 points and a 5-4-3 record.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps hopes his players learn from their blown 3-0 lead in the U.S. Open Cup, and he hopes they learn quickly. Because New England hasn't defeated Chicago in a regular-season match since May of 2007. The Revs are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games against the Fire in regular-season play.
They'll try and snap that winless streak on Saturday without Ryan Guy, who re-aggravated a calf injury last weekend. Also out for the Revs will be Clyde Simms, who will miss his third-straight game with ankle tendonitis.
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.
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.