Revs' win 'all about heart'


Revs' win 'all about heart'

FOXBORO -- It took one of the hottest teams in the league. That's it.
The Columbus Crew entered Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night having won four straight games and they hadn't lost in six.
The New England Revolution, on the other hand, were desperately looking to snap a 10-game winless skid in which they had an 0-7-3 record.
And on Wednesday night, the Revs did just that, defeating the Crew 2-0.
"It was a good result for us," said a somewhat relieved Revolution coach Jay Heaps after the win. "It was nice to kind of end this unbeaten streak, to be honest with you. It was just a tough road, but I think the guys came out tonight and played really well. We showed a lot of heart."
At the end of the day, that's all this one was about. It was about heart. And the Revolution had it throughout the game.
"There wasn't much more than a lot of guys playing with a lot of heart, and knowing that it's not easy to go out there when you've had the run we've been on, and the luck that hasn't gone our way," said Heaps. "I was really happy with the way the guys showed up tonight."
Dimitry Imbongo put New England up 1-0 in the 53rd minute when he put home a loose ball into an open net as a Diego Fagundez shot off the right post bounced out front.
"I thought Imbongo was excellent tonight," said Heaps. "He worked hard, he battled Chad Marshall who is, arguably, one of the best center backs in the league and the best player in the air. And I thought Dimitry just absolutely met him, challenge for challenge and step for step. It was a really good game for Imbongo."
Marshall gave the Revs a 2-0 lead, yes, Marshall. He headed an own-goal over Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum's head and into his own net in the 74th minute.
It was just another sign of New England's gritty game plan taking shape.
"Columbus is a rhythm team, and we never really let them get into a rhythm, and that was important," said Heaps. "I've preached it the whole time, it starts with our forwards, and how they play, defensively, and they really worked hard. That kind of sets the tone for the rest of the group."
But again, mostly, this one was about heart. And having not tasted history since July 8, the Revolution simply just out-worked the Crew all game long.
"That's what it's all about, back to basics," said Chris Tierney. "We've got to grind it out at this point. First and foremost, win the physical battles, win the one-on-one matchups, be tough to play against. It wasn't always the prettiest tonight, but we'll take ugly and a win over playing pretty soccer and losing games.
"It's a monkey off our back," added Tierney. "That was definitely weighing us down. We know we're a better team and are capable of being much higher on the table and picking up more points than we have thus far. So, it feels good to prove yourself again against a good team in Columbus."

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.