By Danny Picard
The New England Revolution will return home for 13 days, following Mondays match in Utah against Real Salt Lake. Returning to New England will be welcomed with open arms, as the Revs enter their 4th of July match with a dismal 0-6-2 road record.But as previously stated, theres one more match away from home, and New England will be looking to snap a seven-game winless skid in the process.Real Salt Lake is 5-1-2 at home this season, and stands in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 7-3-5 overall record (26 points).If Real Salt Lake was in the Eastern Conference, their 26 points would be good for second place in the East, and just one point out of first.With no teamrunning away with the conference title, the Revolution sit a little easier in last place in the East. New England is 3-8-6 on the year, and their 15 points is just 12 points out of first place.Still, even talking about first place is a stretch when mentioning the Revolution as of late. They havent recorded a win since May 14, and have lost five of their last seven since, to go along with a pair of draws.The last time New England and Real Salt Lake met, it was April 9, and RSL came into Gillette Stadium and defeated the Revs 2-nil.Real Salt Lake also defeated New England in 2009 by a score of 6-0, and again in 2010 by a score of 5-0.You certainly remember, said Revs coach Steve Nicol, when asked about Real Salt Lakes previous wins over his squad. But what it should do, if youre any sort of professional, is it should motivate you to make sure it doesnt happen again.--Here is an injury report for Mondays match:PROBABLE: Stephen McCarthy (shoulder subluxation) QUESTIONABLE: Ousmane Dabo (quadriceps strain), Didier Domi (achilles tendonitis) OUT: Kheli Dube (whiplash)
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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.