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LAG confidential Dec 7, 2014
Ahead of the 2014 MLS Cup final, LAG Confidential exchanged questions with New England Revolution blog The Bent Musket. Here are there answers to my questions: 1. How has Jermaine Jones changed the shape of New England? Is his offensive contribution overlooked in discussing his defense? The addition of Jermaine Jones didn't really change New England's shape, although you could argue the Revolution play more of a 4-2-3-1 now than Jay Heaps' staple 4-1-4-1 over the majority of the last two seasons. Basically, Jermaine Jones takes a lot of the defensive and deeper distribution away from Lee...
Boston Herald Dec 5, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. — When the Revolution went searching for a new coach at the conclusion of the 2011 season, they surveyed all of the possible options in their quest to steer the club back toward MLS Cup.Club executives eventually placed their faith in a first-time head coach who played a key part in building the fabric of the club during his playing career.
Boston Herald Nov 30, 2014
FOXBORO — The roots of the Revolution’s first trip to MLS Cup since 2007 came with an adjustment made during the 2-1 first-leg victory over New York last Sunday.Revolution coach Jay Heaps replaced the injured Kelyn Rowe with versatile fullback Kevin Alston and switched Chris Tierney into a left midfield role. The success of that alteration — particularly to combat speedy Red Bulls winger Lloyd Sam on the right — prompted Heaps to retain the setup for the 2-2 draw and the eventual 4-3 triumph on aggregate in the Eastern Conference championship yesterday.
The Bent Musket Nov 28, 2014
Jay Heaps' first substitute on Sunday in the first leg propelled his team to a victory, while Mike Petke's first and only sub helped sink his team on a late counter attack. But with a new Red Bulls lineup, can the Revolution keep their tactical advantage? There are times in soccer where it's very clear that one team has a tactical advantage over another, and that team will keep exploiting that advantage until the team or coaches adjust. In the first leg, I previewed two very interesting match-ups that I thought would contribute to the result of the first leg. One was the New England...