The New England Revolution have retained head coach Jay Heaps
for a sixth season, despite its failure to make the MLS playoffs, the Boston Globe reported. The Revs, who were edged out by
Philadelphia for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference on goal difference, had made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
“We feel, collectively, we underachieved this
year in a big way,” Revs general manager Michael Burns told
the Globe's Frank Dell'apa
pretty disappointing when you have your goals and sights set and you underachieve. That’s the best way and strongest way I can say it -- we underachieved.”
In a season-ending
interview, Revs stars Lee Nguyen
agreed that the Revs underachieved.
"Obviously, again, now watching the teams in the playoffs," he said, "it hurts a little bit, because we feel
like we should be there, but we didn’t do enough early on in the season to give us a chance. We left it a little bit too late, now we’re on the outside looking in.”
Revs went 5-3-1 over their last nine games, but an even stronger finish by D.C. United pushed them below the red line. A run of 0-5-1 right after the MLS All-Star Game killed the New England's chances
“For me, this team I feel like is one of the best in all the years that I have played here," added Nguyen. "I feel like our attitude, our demands need to be higher.
It can’t just be making the playoffs and being content with that. We have to have higher goals. Losing a game can’t be okay, we can’t go on streaks like that. Right now, obviously,
the summers have been what has killed us, so we have got to focus on that."