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Jay Heaps Firing Signals The End Of An Era



Last year, a friend and I went to watch the Revolution play in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup. The match was at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard University. My friend and I decided to walk to the field with the quickest route on his phone’s map. At some point, while walking through the shortcuts of the campus we realized we were probably somewhere we weren’t supposed to be. Our suspicions were confirmed when we saw two men talking in front of a closed door. One of those men was Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. He saw our scarves and realized we were on our way to the game. He gave us a quick hello and neither I or my friend knew what to say. I could barely look at him I was so starstruck. My friend finally nervously shouted a little “Go Revs” and we went on our way to watch Jay Heaps and the Revolution get another win in their run to the US Open Cup final.

Tuesday morning, Jay Heaps was fired as head coach of the New England Revolution. Heaps spent 6 years as the head coach after playing for the club in 9 of his 11 seasons during his playing career. But it wasn’t just his time as a player that made him qualified for the job.

Jay Heaps was a star player in soccer at Duke University. After his freshman year, in addition to soccer, he joined the basketball team as a walk-on. His coach was the legendary Mike Krzyzewski, who has won 5 national championships and is the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history. As a walk-on, Heaps didn’t see a ton of minutes on an already legendary team. But Coach K saw the fire needed to coach in Heaps. He became a better leader by watching Krzyzewski orchestrate plays and conduct his players. While Heaps was earning the Hermann Trophy for the player of the year on the pitch, he was guiding and coaching future NBA stars like Shane Battier.

After college, Heaps was drafted into MLS where he had 314 caps and scored 17 goals as a defender for Miami Fusion and New England Revolution. When he retired in 2009, he took a finance job and then briefly as a color commentator for the Revolution. In 2011, with no coaching experience, Jay Heaps applied to be the coach of the New England Revolution. And with the help of Coach K convincing the Krafts, He landed his first coaching job with his former club.

Heaps tenure at New England had many highs and lows. But for all the highs, Jay Heaps played a pivotal role in most of them. He redesigned the roster in his first year on the job and spent the first two years rebuilding the team. In 2013 he had a pivotal role in the trade up to draft Andrew Farrell. Heaps would go on to lead New England to 3 straight playoff appearances including a glorious run to the MLS Cup final. The lows were very evident though. During his time as head coach, Jay Heap’s teams were known for their unusual streakiness. Sometimes they would go on a 7 game winning streak only to follow it up with a 7 game winless streak. This year was the strangest of those streaks with a great home record and not a single win on the road. Although the Jay Heaps era had it’s ups and downs, it will hold a special place not only in my heart but the hearts of many Revolution fans. This is surely not the end of Jay Heaps the coach.

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EA Sports Releases FIFA Ratings. Here’s How The Revolution Stack Up.





The importance of the FIFA video games series is undeniable. The game in recent years has become one of the world’s highest selling and most popular video games. Within that, there has be a huge growth of sales in America. More sales in FIFA sees more Soccer viewership on TV and at live matches in the United States. As someone who didn’t play soccer growing up, FIFA was my introduction into the world of the sport. While playing FIFA I learned the strategy and nuances of the game. I learned how to build a patient attack and to appreciate a less glorious position like central defensive midfielder for their importance in the game.

FIFA 18 comes out this Friday and promises real individual player motion technology, authentic stadium atmospheres, and a continuation of last year’s story mode “The Journey”. There will even be a release on the Nintendo Switch which along with NBA 2K18 will be the console’s first major third party sports release. In advance of this, EA Sports has released all the ratings for each player in the game through their Ultimate Team cards on the FUT Database on the EA Sports FIFA website.

This means that we get an early look at what the New England Revolution will look like in the game. The developers have appeared to given the Revolution an accurate representation. The depth at attacking positions is evident and the the shakiness in defense is there. Players like Benjamin Angoua have gone down from a 74 last year to a 71. And Josh Smith has gotten a boost to 64. If there is one major gripe with the ratings it is that Lee Nguyen, one of the most talented players in Major League Soccer, is only a 75. He doesn’t even crack the top 20 players in MLS. Nguyen should at least be a 77 or 78 so he can rank among Romain Allesandrini and Michael Bradley as a top midfielder.

Here are the Revolution’s overall individual ratings in order along with their listed position.

CAM Lee Nguyen - 75

ST Kei Kamara - 74

St Krisztian Nemeth - 72

CB Benjamin Angoua - 71

ST Juan Agudelo - 71

LM Diego Fagundez - 71

CB Antonio Delamea - 70

CAM Kelyn Rowe - 70

CB Claude Dielna - 69

CDM Xavier Kouassi - 69

RB Andrew Farrell - 69

CDM Gershon Koffie - 68

LB Chris Tierney - 67

ST Teal Bunbury - 67

CM Scott Caldwell - 66

GK Brad Knighton - 66

GK Cody Cropper - 66

RB London Woodberry - 65

CM Daigo Kobayashi -64

RB Je-Vaughn Watson - 64

CB Joshua Smith - 64

LM Donnie Smith - 63

ST Femi Hollinger-Janzen -60

ST Brian Wright - 59

CM Zachary Herivaux - 58

GK Matt Turner - 52


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New England Revolution Take Down Toronto



The New England Revolution defeated Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

It was a scoreless game until the 82nd minute when Lee Nguyen scored which set off a 5-minute window where 3 goals were scored.

Two for the Revolution, one for first place Toronto.

Even with the playoff chances being next to zero it was a good start to Tom Soehn’s Revolution coaching career with the team moving on from Coach Jay Heaps earlier in the week.

Below is the full Tweet story from the game.

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Robert Kraft Along With Patriots/Revolution Fans Raise Over $2 Million



When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area the Kraft Family stepped up and launched an effort to raise funds to help support the disaster relief effort.

Robert Kraft pledged to match up to $1 million to support the relief effort with the goal being fans coming up with the money to match the pledge.

Patriots and Revolution fans came up big and donated an impressive $1,094,620 to the American Red Cross through the Kraft page bringing the total number raised to $2,094,620.

An impressive effort by all sides.

On Saturday afternoon the Kraft’s announced that outstanding number and thanked those who joined them in supporting the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

The Kraft Family and fans weren’t the only members of the organization to help out the cause. Most notably Patriots QB Tom Brady donated $100,000 and head coach Bill Belichick donated $50,000. Both of those donations went to the JJ Watt lead effort that raised somewhere north of $30,000,000.

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