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Tom Soehn interested in becoming the Revolution’s permanent manager

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Soehn would "of course" be interested in coaching the Revs in 2018.

The departure of Jay Heaps could be a sign that big changes are coming to the New England Revolution. In fact, the roster and coaching staff could look radically different next year. While the future is unclear, interim head coach Tom Soehn wants his players to enjoy these last few games.

USWNT win, NASL lawsuit, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 20, 2017

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Also Jay Heaps is out in New England, yesterday was wild

Hello all! I'm coming to today instead of Donald since he was in Cincinnati last night. He saw the USWNT pick up a 5-0 win against New Zealand. He'll be here tomorrow.

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Jay Heaps' firing the first in a long line of changes needed for the Revolution

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Change was needed for the New England Revolution. It was not hard to see. Even putting aside the abysmal and inexcusable results of the past week, the team had, at best, stagnated or, at worst, fallen further and further behind the pack that is consistently competing in MLS.

The process of change began on Tuesday when the club announced the firing of Jay Heaps, and it is one of several needed if the Revs want to rediscover themselves in the long-term.

Revs fire Heaps: Three thoughts

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A quick-fire reaction to the coach's dismissal.

The New England Revolution made big news on Tuesday when they announced the firing of long-time coach Jay Heaps. We'll have plenty of coverage in the coming days but here are three quick-fire thoughts.

1. The last two games hurt Heaps' legacy.

Report: Revs fire head coach Jay Heaps

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Goal USA is reporting that the New England Revolution have fired head coach Jay Heaps.

The Revs are on the outside of the playoff picture for the second year in a row at the moment, and are in a spell where they have lost their last two matches by a combined score of 10-1. They have accrued three red cards in that time, as well.

ESPN commentator asks why Jay Heaps still has a job

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Hercules Gomez asks the question that many Revs fans have been thinking about.

After two disappointing road results, including a 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, many New England Revolution fans are calling for Jay Heaps to be fired. On Saturday, the movement gained a new voice in the form of ESPN commentator Hercules Gomez.

Revs shocked by early goal, ready to move on from 7-0 defeat

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Wednesday was a rough night for the New England Revolution.

They went into the shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and got trampled on by an Atlanta United team riding high and steam rolling towards the playoffs. They were down 1-0 before they could blink, down two men before they could truly recover from that instant attack, and they sauntered into the locker room for half time down four goals with a pair of red cards leaving their side out numbered and demoralized.

Revolution injury report update

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Diego and Lee are questionable.

The New England Revolution have three names on their latest injury report.

Joining Kelyn Rowe, who is out long-term with a right knee sprain, is Diego Fagundez (right quad strain) and Lee Nguyen (right hamstring strain). Both players are listed as questionable.

New England Revolution projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Injuries and tinkering mean the Revs are in flux heading into this one

It feels weird to say it, but Saturday will see D.C. United arguably favored in a game for the first time in months. Between injuries and the fact that this season has slowly drifted out of their hands (3W-0D-6L run since mid-June), the New England Revolution are a bit difficult to get a read on.

Revolution expected to experiment with 3-5-2 formation

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Delamea: I think we can do great things with the 3-5-2

The Summer Transfer Window brought two additions to the New England Revolution in Claude Dielna and Krisztian Nemeth. More than upping the level of competition at practice, these players could prompt a change in formation.

When Dielna signed with the Revolution on Jul.

Revolution in favor of Video Review in MLS

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Heaps: The reality is I'm a fan of it if they get it right.

On Saturday, the New England Revolution got their first glimpses at Video Review when referee Ismail Elfath inspected two plays. Although it's still new, the Revs like what they've seen so far.

"The reality is I'm a fan of it if they get it right," head coach Jay Heaps explained.

Revs have little room for error

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Devoid of a superstar, the Revs are team-oriented.

The New England Revolution doesn't have a world-class superstar that can put the team on his back. Instead, they're a team where everyone needs to contribute in order to get a result.

"We're built a little differently, so everyone – and I talked about it in the speech before the game – has to put it in a performance," head coach Jay Heaps explained after Saturday's 4-3 win over the LA Galaxy.

Heaps provides an injury update for the Revolution

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Hint: He doesn't say much.

The New England Revolution's injury report includes big names like Scott Caldwell, Antonio Delamea, Xavier Kouassi, and Daigo Kobayashi. All four players were held out of Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup win over D.C. United and it's unknown at this time if they'll be available for Sunday's league game against the Philadelphia Union.

Fortress Breached

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution's 11 game home unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday as the Revolution fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire in front of 21,548 at Gillette Stadium. The win saw the Revolution's Eastern Conference rivals Chicago, holders of the second best record in MLS, continue their surge towards the top of the standings, while the Revolution fell further below the red line as their usually reliable home form provided no points.

Andrew Farrell gets a red card against Crew SC

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Coach Heaps: "He's not Joe Franchino. He's Andrew Farrell."

On Sunday, the nicest guy in the New England Revolution locker room got a red card.

In the 93rd minute of the Revs-Crew game, Andrew Farrell was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Waylon Francis. Farrell had his cleat up as he was looking to settle an aerial ball.

Revolution looking to go undefeated at home

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Is Fortress Foxboro a thing?

The New England Revolution want to be undefeated at home this season and so far they're off to a good start.

On Saturday, the Revs played their second game at Gillette Stadium, beating the Houston Dynamo 2-0. This win came two weeks after the club collected a 5-2 win over Minnesota United.

Revolution v. Dynamo: Injury Reports

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The Revs are at full health for the second straight week.

For the second consecutive week, the New England Revolution have reported a clean bill of health. This means that head coach Jay Heaps will have plenty of options when he pens his starting XI.

The biggest question regards the backline.

Best moments from Revolution v. Timbers

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Let's look back on Sunday's tie.

The New England Revolution captured a road point on Sunday when they tied the Portland Timbers 1-1. Here's what you need to know if you missed the match.

Moment of the Match

Diego Valeri's strike was prettier, but this award needs to go to Lee Nguyen.

Tom Soehn

Soehn: Losing Heaps “like losing part of the family”

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The interim Revs coach took a moment to reflect on his former boss.

Tom Soehn has represented his share of MLS clubs. He's managed D.C. United and Whitecaps FC. He's served as an assistant with the Fire and Revolution. And now, after replacing Jay Heaps on the Revolution staff, he'll pace the sidelines as a head coach once more.

Was Jay Heaps fired at the right time?

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Our staff weighs in.

The Jay Heaps era has come to a close in Foxboro. After nearly six seasons, the Revolution parted ways with the accomplished defender and head coach, handing control to assistant Tom Soehn through the end of 2017.

All of this made us ask: did the club dismiss Heaps at the right time?

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Photos: Heaps Over the Years

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On Tuesday, Jay Heaps was relieved of his coaching duties with the Revolution, the club he'd been associated with since 2001. During that time, Heaps became a club legend, going to five MLS Cups and helping the team win the 2007 US Open Cup.

With Heaps' contributions unquestioned and unparalleled, we look back at his storied career over the years.

What Dreams May Come

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What a story it could have been: A former Revolution player, born and raised right here in New England, taking over the team he played nine seasons with, gunning for the possibility of winning the club's first league championship. That was the narrative Jay Heaps inherited when he was hired to replace Steve Nicol as head coach in November 2011.

Heaps Offers Thanks on Twitter

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Not long after he was fired as Revolution coach, Jay Heaps took to Twitter to say thanks in what he called his first official tweet.

Tweeting a picture that displayed a typed sheet outlining those he wished to thank, the former Revolution boss offered gratitude to his family, the fans, his fellow coaches, the front office, and the Krafts.

Reports: Heaps Out as Head Coach

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Jay Heaps has been relieved of his duties as Revolution head coach effective immediately according to multiple outlets.

FourFourTwo.com and Goal.com both reported Monday evening that the six-year coach has been fired.

Technically Speaking: Should Heaps be Sacked?

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Welcome back to a special edition of "Technically Speaking," where our in-house coach and former pro Rick Sewall typically dissects the Revolution's latest performance. However, with the team's recent struggles at the forefront, Rick talks about whether a coaching change is needed.

Heaps: I’m Coaching for My Job Every Game

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Jay Heaps knows the deal: he's the head coach of a 6-9-5 team in 10th place team with the regular season more than halfway complete. In other words, he's on the hot seat.

Even though job security for MLS managers is inherently fleeting, Heaps said he wasn't overly concerned about his employment status going into Saturday's match.

Heaps Explains Watson Start

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It was another week, another different face for the Revolution at left back on Saturday at Chicago. But coach Jay Heaps didn't make any apologies, even after the shorthanded 3-0 defeat to the Fire.

After tabbing longtime starter Chris Tierney two weeks ago, then giving the nod to midfielder-turned-defender Kelyn Rowe vs.

Roundtable: Changing it Up

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Death, taxes, and Jay Heaps tweaking the lineup.

On Sunday, the Revolution coach revamped his personnel, starting Josh Smith and Xavier Kouassi over Benjamin Angoua and Scott Caldwell, respectively. But the tinkering didn't end there, as Chris Tierney was subbed off for Je-Vaughn Watson in a like-for-like change at left back.

Diego FAGUNDEZ

Should Revolution hire a club legend as next head coach?

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Share your thoughts in today's open thread.

The last time the Revolution hired a head coach, Diego Fagundez had yet to celebrate his 17th birthday and Andrew Farrell still played for the Louisville Cardinals. Fast forward six years, and the Revs have a coaching vacancy once more.

Immediately after reports surfaced that New England had parted ways with Jay Heaps, speculation began about who would fill the void.

Nguyen, Agudelo among five Revolution players selected to MLS Team of the Week

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And Jay Heaps earned a nod for coach of the week, too.

Five Revolution players earned a spot on mlssoccer.com's Team of the Week following a 5-2 thumping of Minnesota United. That honor may never happen again—partly because the Revs turned in an attacking performance for the ages, and partly because just six teams played in week four.

D.C. United

Who’s the odd man out in the Revolution attack?

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The addition of Krisztian Nemeth creates an attacking logjam. Who should start? Tell us in today's open thread.

The Revolution have no shortage of attacking options. And the arrival of Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth only expands this depth.

Expected to join the gameday 18 when the Revs visit D.

U.S. Open Cup: Three potential lineups for the Revolution vs. D.C. United

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Jay Heaps will have his hands full on Wednesday. Here's who we think deserves a start.

If the Revolution want to return to the U.S. Open Cup Final, the team will have to overcome its poor run of play since the international break. And it will have to do so without several key players.

On Wednesday, the team faces its second test of the tournament when it hosts D.

Nguyen stock rises, Bunbury stock falls in Revs draw vs. D.C. United

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Who stood out—and who didn't—during the weekend draw?

The Revolution secured a come-from-behind draw against D.C. United over the weekend, using a second-half own goal to preserve a point. But the Revs knew they could have—and probably should have—done better. In fact, Jay Heaps said his team felt "gutted" after the match, despite earning results in consecutive outings.

Revolution vs. D.C. United: Storylines to follow in week nine

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Will Jay Heaps shuffle his lineup again? That, and three other headlines to track.

On Saturday night, the Revolution and D.C. United—two Eastern Conference mainstays—will square off at Gillette Stadium. Both clubs came flying out of the gate in April, only to have their respective runs halted by multi-goal losses last weekend.

The Rest

Around The Forest: Timbers award 45k in community fund grants

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USOC final tonight, Atlanta United to sell out again, Jay Heaps firing sets MLS record and more!

Portland:

Portland Timbers award $45,000 in Community Fund grants | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers today announced the awarding of $45,000 in grants to eight educational, environmental and community-focused nonprofit organizations in the greater-Portland area through the Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF).

Some Soccer News for Aug 31, 2017

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It's Day 243 of 2017.


The Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo soccer clubs are encouraging anyone who wants to contribute to the Hurricane disaster funds to connect with the Red Cross.
  • You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Let's review du Nord's MLS coaches hot set power rankings:

Preseason:
  • OUT 7 Curt Onalfo
  • 6 Jay Heaps
  • 5 Veljko Paunovic
  • OUT 4 Jeff Cassar
  • 3 Jim Curtin
  • 2 Dominic Kinnear
  • 1 Carl Robinson

Mar 30:
  • 6 Jay Heaps
  • 5 Adrian Heath
  • OUT 4 Dominic Kinnear
  • OUT 3 Curt Onalfo
  • 2 Jim Curtin
  • 1 Carl Robinson

Apr 28:
  • 6 Mauro Biello
  • 5 Jay Heaps
  • OUT 4 Dominic Kinnear
  • 3 Carl Robinson
  • OUT 2 Curt Onalfo
  • 1 Jim Curtin

Jun 1:
  • OUT 6 Pablo Mastroeni
  • 5 Carl Robinson
  • 4 Jay Heaps
  • 3 Mauro Biello OUT 2 Curt Onalfo
  • 1 Jim Curtin

Jul 1:
  • 4 Jim Curtin
  • OUT 3 Curt Onalfo
  • 2 Jay Heaps
  • 1 Mauro Biello

Aug 3:
  • 5 Ben Olsen - dreadful season, and owners looking to sell
  • 4 Jay Heaps - winless on the road, 6 points out of playoffs
  • OUT 3 Pablo Mastroeni - new management above him and last place in the West
  • 2 Jim Curtin - shuffle players, same results
  • 1 Mauro Biello - meltdown master for an owner

And the list for end of August/beginning of September will be out tomorrow.

Can the Revolution thrive in a 3-5-2 formation?

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Share your thoughts in today's open thread.

During the Revolution's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday, Jay Heaps deployed a fluid formation. He started with a 4-2-3-1 with Kei Kamara as the lone striker. Then, he transitioned to a 4-4-2 before finishing the match in a less conventional 3-5-2.

U.S. Open Cup: Who should the Revolution start vs. Rochester?

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Share your preferred Starting XI in this week's open thread.

Seeking a return to U.S. Open Cup final, the Revolution host the Rochester Rhinos tonight at Providence College. And, as with any Open Cup match, all eyes will focus on Jay Heaps' Starting XI.

In last year's Open Cup debut, the Revs beat the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, behind a 103rd-minute goal from Zachary Herivaux.

Tierney, Kamara status unknown for weekend match vs. Columbus Crew SC

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The two Revolution mainstays may miss out on Saturday's match in Ohio.

If the Revolution want to snap a four-match winless steak, they may have to do so without Kei Kamara and Chris Tierney.

When the club travels to Columbus this weekend to take on Crew SC, both players may miss out on the gameday 18.