Following his team’s 2-0 loss to D.C. United, and a 90th-minute ejection from referee Jorge Gonzalez, New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps was left looking for answers on Saturday night on many fronts.
Not long after Charlie Davies picked up a yellow caution for a dive late in the game, Heaps was removed from the bench, but was unsure why.
“There was no reason given,” Heaps told reporters in a conference call when asked why he was removed from the game. “I’m still trying to piece together exactly what happened.”
An own-goal in the 43rd minute off of a misplayed clear in front of the net from captain José Gonçalves put New England on their heels going into halftime and set a tone for how they would respond.
“It was a really unfortunate bounce,” said Heaps. “Up to that point, I thought [Gonçalves] was amazing and one of the best players on the field. In the second half, defensively he made some great plays and I thought he reacted well.”
The own-goal and the physical nature of the things may have knocked the Revolution off their game plan as they entered the second half.
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Despite controlling possession, New England showed a tendency to send long balls up the field instead of setting up a proper attack, to the chagrin of their coach.
“Unfortunately, going into halftime down a goal, we really came out in the second half and I thought we pressed too quickly,” said Heaps. “I thought we were a little too direct in the second half. I wish we tried to play the game a little bit better.”
With their fourth road match over their first five games of the season in the books, the Revolution will return home a bit battered and with nothing added to the points column.
“I thought overall that their two center backs were strong and physical, but I thought ours were strong and physical,” Heaps said. “It’s a little disappointing to come out of this place and not have anything to show for it.”