State of the Revs: Oct. 16

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State of the Revs: Oct. 16

The Revolution are one point out of the final playoff spot in the East heading into their regular-season home finale Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs will have to make their final playoff push without forward Saer Sene, who sustained a devastating leg and ankle injry in a 1-0 victory in Montreal and faces a 4-6 month rehab after surgery.

Revs coach Jay Heaps talked with Jessica Camerato about the loss of Sene on this week's edition of "State of the Revs."

"It was a devastating moment for both teams," Heaps said of the Sene injury. "He such an important part of our team. You feel for the player but you know you have a job to do. It would be a double hit if you don't go out and perform as best you can when a player is hurt."

Heaps said he tried to make the injury a unifying factor for the Revs.

"We faced it head on," he said. "You acknowledge it and use it to bring everyone together."

As for the last two regular season games, Heaps said the Revs approach has been not to overlook the little things.

"Attention to detail is really key for these last few games," he said.

Meanwhile, it's taken some time, but Revs 18-year-old midfielder Diego Fagundez is already sporting a playoff beard.

In reflecting on his whirlwind first season, Fagundez said the Revs "knew to take my development slow, step by step. I knew I had to wait for my time."

"When I got my chance, I knew I needed to shine," he said.

Fagundez has done that with 12 goals and five assists in 29 games.

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.