FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution traded midfielder Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City Tuesday in exchange for allocation money and Sporting KCs natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and its natural second-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.Feilhaber, 27, made 52 appearances since joining the Revolution in April 2011 through Major League Soccers Allocation process. He made 46 starts, scoring five goals and adding nine assists, including four goals and seven assists in his 23-game 2011 campaign. Prior to joining the Revolution, Feilhaber played six seasons in Europe, including stints with Hamburg (Germanys Bundesliga), Derby County (Englands Premier League) and AGF Aarhus (Denmarks SuperLiga).We've been working on several options with Benny for a few months and we feel this trade with Kansas City is the most beneficial outcome for the Revs, Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. This move allows us greater roster flexibility in both 2013 and beyond.Feilhaber a fixture with the U.S. National Team under former head coach Bob Bradley has made 39 appearances with the national team, including call-ups to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2008 Olympic squads. He has scored two goals with the national team, including the game-winning strike against Mexico in the championship match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His last appearance with the national team came on Jan. 21, 2012, when he started against Venezuela in Phoenix for current head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.
Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-14-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.
Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.
Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.
Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.
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.