The New England Revolution fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Grande Sports World. Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks recorded a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the game to help stake the Whitecaps to a lead they would not relinquish.
Mattocks put Vancouver on the board 65 seconds into the game when he slotted a Kekuta Manneh low cross past Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Four minutes later, he struck again when he avoided an offside call and tookCamilo Sanvezzos defense-splitting pass up the middle and slotted home past Shuttleworth.
Chris Tierney pulled one back for the Revs in the 11thminute, converting a penalty kick with a hard shot past Caps keeper Joe Cannon. Newly-signed Matt Horth drew the call when he was taken down in the box while attempting to connect with a Tierney cross.
Mattocks struck for the third time in the 15thminute, this time rising above all players in the box on an Alain Rochat free kick.
The score remained 3-1 until halftime, despite the Revs pushing the attack for the final 25 minutes.
Both teams made almost wholesale changes to their lineups at halftime. After the new players settled in, the Revs picked up where they left off in the first half and strung together long stretches of possession.
Twenty minutes into the second half, however, Vancouver benefited off the counter attack. The Caps were awarded a penalty after Stephen McCarthy stripped Matt Watson in the box with a sliding tackle. Kenny Miller stepped up and buried his shot past substitute keeper Luis Soffner, who dove the correct way, to put Vancouver up, 4-1 in the 65thminute.
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.