Revs surprised, delighted to nab Feilhaber


Revs surprised, delighted to nab Feilhaber

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- In the minds of everyone in the New England Revolution organization, midfielder Benny Feilhaber was going to either Chivas USA or the Philadelphia Union.

Those were the top two teams in the MLS allocation process. The Revolution were third in the leagues allocation order, which gives MLS teams a chance to acquire the returning U.S. National Team player.

Feilhaber, 26, was a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, and has played the last six seasons in Europe. So there was never really the thought that both Chivas and Philadelphia would pass up on a talent like that.

Speaking frankly, theres no way that we thought he was going to be available, said Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns in a conference call on Wednesday. The 5 oclock deadline kind of came and went, and we didnt get anything. Then all of a sudden I got a call from the league saying that both Chivas and Philly had passed. So we were quite surprised, to say the least.

We just felt like it was an opportunity that we couldnt pass up.

As for why Feilhaber decided to return now, he just felt the timing was right. And hes looking forward to being an everyday starter in the MLS.

I think Europe teaches you things that are tough to learn when youre playing close to home, said Feilhaber in Wednesdays conference call. Its really all about football. Thats the only reason why Im in Europe. Theres nothing else. I think you really learn a lot of things.

I think Im ready to come back. I think the MLS will do something for me that Europe hasnt been able to.

Feilhaber brings plenty of experience to a Revolution club thats looking to become a more mature team on the field. He also brings them improved passing as an attacking midfielder.

Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Wednesdays practice. Hes a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt brings loads and loads of both. It makes sense.

Everyone involved in New England admits this is a rare acquisition. But its one that will bring about a healthy competition in the teams midfield, with Feilhaber surely taking over an everyday starting role.

Well, Im sure there are a couple of guys that are wondering whether its their spot or not, said Nicol. But thats always a good thing.

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Revs announce Heaps’ firing, name Soehn interim coach


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


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.