Breaking: New England Revolution fires head coach Jay Heaps

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Heaps' five-plus seasons in charge come to an end with the Revs outside of the East's playoff spots.

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With New England Revolution set to miss the playoffs for a second straight year, the club’s ownership has fired head coach Jay Heaps, according to three MLS sources with knowledge of the move.

The sources could not confirm whether assistant coach Tom Soehn would step into an interim role to guide the team for the remainder of the season. New England has lost two straight games and was embarrassed in a recent 7-0 loss to expansion Atlanta United.

Heaps, 41, has a 75-81-43 in five-plus seasons with the Revs. He was hired as the sixth head coach in franchise history in 2011 after a stellar playing career that included nine seasons with New England.

The Revs are currently 10-14-5 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference despite boasting a team with numerous attacking options, including Juan Agudelo, Kei Kamara and Lee Nguyen. The Revs also went out and added several defensive pieces in the last two transfer windows.

The talent has not translated to results, however. Outside of a run to the MLS Cup final in 2014 behind the acquisition of U.S. men’s national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, New England has struggled to make a big impression in the Eastern Conference.

The Revs followed up that MLS Cup runner-up season with a fifth-place finish in 2015. Heaps led New England to three playoff appearances in his first five seasons, but this year’s team looks likely to miss out on the postseason for a second straight year.

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