Revs leave points on the field

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Revs leave points on the field

FOXBORO -- Jay Heaps acknowledged that his team did not bring its best game on Saturday night. But the New England Revolution will take the one point in their scoreless draw with the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

It marks the Revs' second straight MLS shutout, an achievement that New England's defense is thrilled to build upon.

"The key is that we fought hard, and we didn't give anything away," said Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis after the tie. "There's going to be games like that."

Another shutout is huge for the confidence of their defense, but everyone inside the Revolution locker room will walk away from Saturday night's scoreless draw while feeling like there were a few goals left out on the field that could have led to three points, instead of just one.

"It's just another one of those games where it's another step for us," said Heaps. "It was a good shutout for us. We defended well at times. We got loose a little bit in the game, but overall, we had some good chances and I thought their goalkeeper literally kept them in this game all night.

"We wanted to win this game," Heaps later added. "Unfortunately, we hit the cross-bar, we missed a couple chances inside the six."

The biggest and perhaps their best chance came just 30 seconds into the match, as Benny Feilhaber had a wide-open look from the left post, inside the box. But his shot missed the net, wide right.

Everyone seemed to agree that that should have been the difference-maker.

"If that goes in, it's a different game," said Heaps.

"I don't think they touched the ball before I had that chance," said Feilhaber. "I think that was in 30 seconds or less. If I put that in the back of the net, it's a different game completely. I wish I could have had it back, but we had some other chances in the first half to kind of take the 1-0 lead."

Still, the Revs will take the point, and will try to carry their strong defensive performance into their next game, next Saturday night in Toronto.

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.