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.
“For five games, we’re going to enjoy ourselves and we’re going to be the best team we can be,” Soehn explained. “Today, when we came together as a team, you saw how dangerous that can be.”
On Saturday, the Revs defeated league-leading Toronto FC 2-1. It was the second time this season that the Revolution have gotten the better of TFC, who have only lost five times.
The win meant a lot for the home team, as they conceding ten goals in two road games last week. This, combined with the firing of Heaps, made for an emotional locker room. Collecting three points served as a reminder of why the staff and players love this game so much.
“You don’t get too many highs like that when you pull out a result like that, especially at the time where we needed it,” Soehn said. “We took that moment to reflect on it, to make sure we remember how good it felt so that we can replicate that.”
The Revs will have to turn the page quickly because they will soon head to Orlando for a Wednesday night fixture. Although it’s all but impossible for them to make the playoffs, the team is still committed to putting together a string of positive results. After all, these games could determine the fate of individual players.
Soehn himself has thought about his role with the club, saying he would “of course” be interested in becoming the permanent coach. He won’t get too wrapped up in the idea, however, because there are still games left to play.
“I’m worried about the next game and that’s it. After that, we’ll get through,” Soehn said.