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Heaps happy with central role

FOXBOROUGH -- Jay Heaps started 21 games before losing his position with the Revolution. But Heaps returned to central defense last night as the Revolution took a 6-1 victory over Colorado, their highest goal total in a Major League Soccer match.

"I was doubting my ability to lead," Heaps said. "I was caught in between playing and not playing and I wasn't able to be out there pushing guys. I lead through passion, giving it my all.

"We played high-pressure and played with a lot of passion. Our backs were against the wall and this week in training was very competitive. I was with the reserves early in the week and the reserves were on fire, pushing the starters hard. We played this game with a lot of heart and, hopefully, we will keep pushing. We have had so many missed opportunities and we woke up and got another chance."

The Revolution entered the game with a five-match winless streak and squandered a two-goal lead in losing at the MetroStars last week. The Revolution had been blanked twice by the Rapids, in a 0-0 tie and 1-0 loss in Denver, earlier this season.

"We hit [goalkeeper] Joe Cannon in the face three times in one game," Heaps said. "So it was nice to slay the dragon and see the opportunities go our way."

Heaps regained his starting spot when Steve Howey (thigh strain) was injured last week.

Drought is over

Before Steve Ralston's 27th-minute goal, the Revolution had not scored at home since Taylor Twellman's 12th-minute score in a 2-1 loss to Kansas City Aug. 21, a 285-minute scoreless streak.

"Sooner or later it was going to happen," Twellman said. "After you hit the post nine times things start going your way."

The Revolution scored 49 goals in the regular season in 2002 and set a team record with 55 last season but had converted only 32 times before last night. Colorado had MLS's best defensive record before last night, with 23 goals against (0.89 per game).

Going places

Inter Boston has been invited to the 57th annual Coppa Carnevale, one of the most prestigious under-20 tournaments in Europe, scheduled to start in late January in Italy. The tournament, a showcase for some of the most talented players in the world, was won last season by Juventus.

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