When the Revolution take the field at Gillette Stadium Saturday against the Houston Dynamo, someone other than head coach Jay Heaps will be shouting instructions.
Heaps received a mandatory one-game suspension from Major League Soccer following his ejection from a 2-0 loss to D.C. United April 5. On Thursday, MLS fined the third-year coach an undisclosed amount.
Heaps will not be allowed on field level until the final whistle, nor will he be able to communicate with anyone on the team prior to the conclusion of the match.
Heaps was ejected in the 89th minute last Saturday by referee Jorge Gonzalez. The Professional Referees Organization said Heaps was ejected for “foul and abusive language to the match officials,” according to MLSsoccer.com.
“Unfortunately, I was a little bit too emotional on the sideline and was shown the exit,” Heaps told MLSsoccer.com. “We were warned that they were going to crack down a little bit, as you can see by the benches being away from the fourth official.”
Tom Soehn, who was hired by Heaps in January as the first assistant coach, will run the team Saturday. Soehn has a decade of coaching experience in MLS.
Heaps will return for the Revolution’s match at the Chicago Fire on April 19.
D.C. United midfielder Lewis Neal was also suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions last Saturday. In the fourth minute, Neal went into a tackle with his studs up and caught Revolution right back Andrew Farrell on the shin. Gonzalez gave Neal a yellow card caution, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee punished Neal further following a review of the incident.
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The Major League Soccer Players Union released salary information for all players Thursday.
Revolution central midfielder Lee Nguyen has a base salary of $175,000 in 2014, more than double last year’s base salary of $73,600. In 2012, his first season with New England, Nguyen made just $44,000 — the league minimum for a player occupying one of the first 24 spots on the 30-man roster.
Revolution captain Jose Goncalves, who said he was unhappy with his contract during preseason, is the highest-paid player on the team with a base salary of $450,000.
The average salary among Revolution players who started last Saturday was just over $177,847. The union document included only base salaries, excluding bonuses or compensation paid by a team. MLS players are employed and paid by the league.