July 11, 2009
AN OLD FIRST CAP
Heaps 32, plays in his first international
Foxborough, Mass. -- New England Revolution defender Jay Heaps became one of the oldest American players to earn a cap with the U.S. National Team.
Heaps, who turns 33 on Aug. 2, played in his first international match in the 2-2 CONCACAF Gold Cup draw with Haiti at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
“I think that it was obviously just an emotional night – it was home and my first game," Heaps said. "I think that as you get more games, you get used to it. For the most part, I settled in and it felt like a lot of the big games we’ve played for the Revs, like our finals."
The U.S. enjoyed a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Haitians rallied with a pair of goals within the first four minutes of the second half to grab a 2-1 advantage.
“I’m not happy. It was disappointing," Heaps said. "We had played alright in the first half. I thought we played to our game, and we gave them four minutes of their game. It’s exactly what we talked about that we couldn’t let happen, and it happened. That’s something we have to do better – I have to do better at. When we dictate the game, we have to stay to that point.”
Heaps wasn't the lone American player to earn his first cap. Joining the veteran defender were goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielders Sam Cronin and Colin Clark.