Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas

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Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO The New England Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night, and theyll do so knowing that their defense has been pretty good in league competition as of late.

But their offense? Not so much.

The Revolutions 10 goals scored through 12 regular season games is tied for the lowest total in the MLS, with Real Salt Lake.

That number will have to improve if they want to get back in the win column on Saturday, after dropping their last two MLS matches.

But the key on Saturday isnt just scoring. Its scoring first.

Goals, creating chances, and keeping the ball, possessing the ball well, said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph. I think its just creating more chances and getting that first goal. If we do, its going to help our confidence.

As you saw earlier in the season, when we scored first, we were such a better team. We were a more confident team, and we played better. So if we can get that first one, its going to help us to relax and be a little bit better with the ball.

The Revs will be without one of their best players in Benny Feilhaber, for a few weeks. Feilhaber sprained his right ankle last Saturday night, and according to coach Steve Nicol, will not be available for this weekend or the following weekend, or the following weekend, definitely.

Obviously he has qualities that not too many have, said Nicol on Thursday. But well compensate for that in other ways.

One way theyve tried to compensate is by testing themselves with mother nature. Knowing that it will be extremely hot in Dallas on Saturday, the Revs have been training extra hard this week, and in a sense, simulating their efforts in rough weather conditions.

Nicol has been pushing us this week in practice, and has made practice go a little bit longer, telling guys to stay concentrated, said Joseph. Because we know its going to be hot down there.

What they dont know, is if their scoring touch will remain on a cold streak. And unfortunately for the Revolution, finishing in a game is not something you can simulate at practice.

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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.