Revs bring on former player Heaps as head coach


Revs bring on former player Heaps as head coach

The New England Revolution introduced new head coach Jay Heaps today.

The name sound familar? It should. Heaps played for the Revolution from 2001 to 2009, a span of 243 games. That number of games is a Revolution record.

Heaps, a defender, had 17 career goals spanning from 1999-2009. He was part of three Revolution teams that made it to the MLS Cup.

A New England native, Heaps graduated from Duke University in 1998. He was named the MLS Rookie of the Year with the Miami Fusion before being traded to the Revs in 2001.

He spent last season as the color commentator for Revs games on Comcast SportsNet New England, but is ready to make the giant leap to coaching.

"Now, if I sat here and said that I was honored to take this job, that would be a complete understatement," Heaps told reporters at Gillette Stadium early Wednesday. "I think its pretty clear that I grew up in this area, I was born and raised in this area, so I think my heart has always been with this organization. There hasnt been a time on the field as a player for nine years here where I didnt want to win for this family or win for this organization. To me that meant everything to me. "

Heaps takes over a Revs team in desperate need of help, and will have to get started soon if there's to be any real progress next season.

Let the real tests begin.

"I want to make sure Im bringing in the right players," Heaps said of challenges he expects to face early on. "Like I mentioned, theres a nucleus of players, theres a core group of players, but now we have to add to that. We have to make sure this team knows that were not thinking three-four years (down the road), were thinking now.

"Were thinking how do we add the right players and the right chemistry to build this team from day one. Thats the challenge. Thats what Im excited about. I think as an analyst its easier to pick the holes, but now as a coach you have to fill those holes."

Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention


Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - David Accam scored in the 80th minute and the Chicago Fire eliminated the New England Revolution from playoff contention with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Chicago (7-16-10), already out of the playoff race, won for the first time since Sept. 3. New England (10-14-9) lost for just the second time in its last six games.

Michael de Leeuw opened the scoring in the ninth minute for Chicago. Brandon Vincent rolled a cross into the area and an open De Leeuw redirected it home at the near post. Accam scored his ninth goal of the season when he raced to Jonathan Campbell through ball and finished on a one-on-one opportunity.

New England tied it in the 43rd minute on Diego Fagundez's shot from distance.

There were two red cards in the second half. Luis Solignac was given a straight red for Chicago in the 54th minute after tripping London Woodberry with his studs up. In the 73rd minute, New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton was sent off for taking down Accam in a goal scoring opportunity.

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo each had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on a rainy Saturday night.

New England (10-14-9) remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - two points back of sixth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot. Sporting KC (12-13-7) had its three-game undefeated streak snapped.

Kamara opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Agudelo drew three defenders near the left sideline and he found Kamara wide open in the middle for a breakaway goal. It was Kamara's 11th goal this season, but just his second at Gillette Stadium since being traded from the Columbus Crew in May.

New England took a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute on Kevin Ellis' own goal and Agudelo knocked home Kamara's cross 8 minutes later.

Dominic Dwyer tied it at 1 in the 49th minute for Kansas City when knocked in Ellis' glancing header with his knees.