Jay Heaps has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of New England Revolution. He has slowly transformed the team into one that is capable of winning titles. They proved this attribute by claiming a crucial 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship on Sunday. Bunbury opened the scoring for the away team in this first leg match after just 17 minutes. The advantage, however, was soon cancelled out by the goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 27th minute. It looked like staying this way through the game until veteran star Jermaine Jones stepped up in the 86th minute to provide the winner for the match.
Heaps admitted that the goal has completely changed the complexion of the tie. New England go into the return leg at home with real opportunity of claiming the title. Heaps has recalled the way his team have progressed by finishing in the play-offs last year and coming close to winning the title now. The team has been looking to promote youngsters under the regime of Heaps but it was one of their designated players who came with the crucial moment. Heaps lauded Jones by saying that everyone were aware of the veteran’s qualities and his competitive nature.
“[It’s rewarding to be here] because it goes back to how hard it was. Lots of sleepless nights from day one. We were a playoff team last year and knew we needed to add just a little bit more. Jermaine has really helped us get over the top in terms of how we play and what we want to do. We knew he was a great footballer, a great competitor. He’s all of the above, but when you pack in the competitiveness, it’s contagious. He wants to win every time he steps on the field,” said Heaps.