Jay Heaps has retired from the MLS and the New England Revolution after 11 seasons. He was on the CONCACAF Gold Cup team this year.
From the Boston Globe’s Monique Walker:
Heaps is one of three players to start in all four of the Revolution’s MLS Cup appearances (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007). Not bringing a championship to New England was a disappointment, he said, but he was proud of the 2007 US Open Cup title and the 2008 SuperLiga championship.
-My friend Kyle McCarthy from the Boston Herald reports that Revs GK Matt Reis will miss 4-6 months after undergoing successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a left rotator cuff injury.
-Martin Vazquez is in as the new Chivas USA head coach replacing Preki. Vazquez was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. at age 12, the Associated Press writes. Vasquez served as an assistant with Chivas USA from 2005-08 before joining Bayern Munich as head coach Juergen Klinsmann’s top assistant in July 2008.
-SoccerAmerica reports that Jeff Cunningham, the 2009 leading scorer in MLS, is at Auxerre, the surprise of France Ligue 1 season, training to prepare for the U.S. national team’s January camp that will kick off preparations for the 2010 World Cup.
-The Puget Sound Business Journal has named Tod Leiweke, the sports executive who was instrumental in the auspicious launch of the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team, as the newspaper’s 2009 Executive of the Year. Leiweke is also a top exec with the Seahawks, you might have heard him speak today at the announcement regarding Seahawks president and GM Tim Ruskell today.
And Jeff Carlisle from MLSnet.com writes that Sounders FC has the “financial flexibility” to keep Freddie Ljungberg and Fredy Montero in this article. Excerpt here:
In a bid to make expansion sides more competitive from the get-go, MLS grants the debutantes an additional $1 million in allocation money to either acquire players or pare down the salary cap. Sounders FC have used just over half of that allocation kitty, and the money will not expire until May 15.