Revs Notebook: Heaps' staff to get different look in 2013

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The offseason changes in New England have begun with a member of Jay Heaps' coaching staff. The Revolution have parted ways with assistant coach David Vaudreuil, MLSsoccer.com has learned.

Vaudreuil, 45, joined the Revolution in April. The former Chicago, Colorado, D.C. United and Miami defender coached the reserve side and contributed to daily training sessions with the first team this season.

“We want to thank David for his services to the team this season and we wish him the best, but, as we examined our coaching staff for 2013, we decided we needed to move in a different direction with his position,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns told MLSsoccer.com.

Vaudreuil's departure creates a vacancy on Heaps' staff that the Revs will fill. The club will start its search for a new assistant coach immediately, Burns said.

Preseason slate starting to take shape

Although the Revs have dispersed to various locations for the winter break, they will return in less than two months to start the preparations for 2013. All players are currently scheduled to report back to Foxborough for the start of training camp on Jan. 17.

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The team is expected to leave the area on two occasions to practice outdoors, including a return trip to Tucson, Ariz., for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup in February. New York, Real Salt Lake and Seattle are slated to join the Revolution for the round-robin tournament.

Those tests will ultimately prepare the Revs for the start of the 2013 season. MLS Commissioner Don Garber told reporters that the new campaign will start on March 2 during his State of the League conference call on Monday, but the Revs will not necessarily play their first match on that date.