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One-on-one with Andrew Farrell & Brad Knighton

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Andrew Farrell and Brad Knighton took a break from slinging drinks to speak exclusively with Six States One Podcast on Tuesday as the boys participated in a celebrity bartending event at Brass Monkey, in Providence, to benefit MLS Kicks Childhood Cancer and Binkeez for Comfort.

Brad Friedel looks to be riding the hot hand of veteran keeper Brad Knighton as the Revolution prepare to host the Chicago Fire and begin their final six-game run of the 2018 campaign. Knighton said little has changed about the way he prepares: “I train every day as if I’m the starting keeper.”

Knighton has proved a steady hand over his eight years and says all three keepers on the Revs roster challenge each other every day in training. A North Carolina native, his family was among those impacted recently by Hurricane Florence. Revs’ fan looking to contribute to the relief effort in the Carolinas can do so through the American Red Cross.

Andrew Farrell says he still feels the consistent support of The Fort at the team’s back, and believes supporters with “stick with” the Boys in Blue as they look to make a late playoff run. Farrell has worn the captain’s armband over the last few games and recognizes the faith and trust Friedel has placed in him. Being the captain, he says, is “an honor” and “there’s a lot of guys in our locker room who could wear it.”

Revolution Part Ways with Head Coach Jay Heaps

Tom Soehn takes over interim head coaching duties
for remainder of season

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced that the club has parted ways with head coach Jay Heaps, effective immediately. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2017 MLS season. 

“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 New England Revolution 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 leaves the Revolution after six seasons as head coach, having been named the sixth head coach in club history on Nov. 14, 2011. As head coach, the New England native led the Revs to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoff appearances from 2013-15, a trip to MLS Cup in 2014, and the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. He concludes his tenure as the Revs' second-longest serving coach with a record of 75-81-43 in the regular season and a 4-3-1 postseason mark. 

“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 Brian Bilello, New England Revolution President. “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.”

Heaps has been a central figure in 15 of the Revolution's 22 seasons in MLS, including nine years as one of the team's all-time great defenders from 2001-09. He played a part in all five of the Revolution's Eastern Conference championships, four as a player, and helped lead the club to the U.S. Open Cup Final on three occasions, including the club's victory in 2007.

As a Revolution player, Heaps totaled 243 appearances, started 238 matches, and recorded 21,619 minutes played, all of which rank third most in club annals. Including three seasons with the Miami Fusion, his regular season career totals include 314 games played, 299 starts, 17 goals, and 34 assists. In the postseason, Heaps added a remarkable 30 appearances, all starts, with one goal and two assists.

Statement from Robert and Jonathan Kraft

As a club, we made the decision to remove Jay Heaps as the head coach of our team. We would like to thank Jay for his tremendous contributions to the club over his 15 years as a player and coach. Jay led us to our fifth MLS Cup appearance and our third US Open Cup Final. He made us all proud and as a former player of ours we are very happy to have helped him launch his coaching career and wish him nothing but the best of success in the future.
 
Our goal is to field a team each and every season that is competing for championships and over the past couple of seasons we have fallen short of that goal. We will immediately begin a search for a new head coach and are committed to seeing the New England Revolution once again return to championship contention.

 

Chris Tierney Should Know Better

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Chris Tierney's Twitter account must have been hacked earlier today.

How else can one explain his extolling the virtue of a new golf toy the day after the Revs suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in the history of Major League Soccer? (Tierney was an unused sub)

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In the grand scheme of things, this is barely a blip on the radar -- Revolution supporters have much bigger issues to be riled up over. That said, Chris Tierney should know better. The entire soccer nation is laughing at you (us), and you hype a rangefinder? Come on, man. 

We all remember when he equalized against the Galaxy in the 2014 MLS Cup -- time stood still, and he gave us a reason to believe. Chris Tierney's a good person. He's played his ass off for this team and given us a treasure of unforgettable memories. We're not down on Tierney, we're just disappointed in his poor timing. 

Soccer is a business -- our passion is a player's daily grind, and the smart ones remember to maintain perspective. But there's a tone deafness in choosing that tweet today, of all days, as many long-time Revs supporters are canceling or choosing not to renew their season tickets (memberships). 

Competitors know better. Players with fire in the belly know better. Leaders who've worn the captain's armband know better. 

Change your password, Chris, we think you've been hacked. 

 

#NEvLA Tale of the Tweets

The Revs got a much-needed win over the struggling LA Galaxy last night. Here's some of the tweets that caught our attention.