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A.J. Soares says Chris Tierney should be captain

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Soares supports the idea of Captain Chris.

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Former New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares thinks highly of Chris Tierney. In fact, he thinks his former teammate should be wearing the captain’s armband.

After Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids, Soares sent a tweet in support of making Tierney the captain. Soares, who played for the Revs from 2011-2014, cited local ties and club longevity as reasons why he should take the armband from Lee Nguyen.

Tierney has been with the Revolution since he signed his first professional contract in 2008. The 31-year-old has donned the armband on occasion, including Saturday when Nguyen exited early, but never for a prolonged period.

While Nguyen has lead the Revs out of the tunnel since midway through 2016, Heaps has stressed the importance of leading by committee.

“We looked at ‘16 at a time when we were trying to find flow within a group and Lee brought that,” Heaps said during the Revs’ first practice of the year. “When we look at our group, we have a lot of guys that have been around, guys that I’ve coached for five or six years, and I want to make sure that this year they have more of a voice, more of a leadership role. It’s not going to be one guy, it’s going to be five or six.”