Former Blue Devil Jay Heaps Retires From Professional Soccer

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Former Blue Devil Jay Heaps announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday after playing 11 years in Major League Soccer, three for the Miami Fusion and eight with the New England Revolution. During his career, Heaps amassed 17 goals and 34 assists and won the MLS Rookie of the Year Award in 1999. He led the Revolution to four MLS Cup Finals though he came out the loser in all four. This past Summer, Heaps was called up to the U.S. Men's National Team for the first time and played in four games for the United States in the Gold Cup.

While at Duke, Heaps scored 45 goals and collected 37 assists. He was the ACC Freshman of the year and made the All-ACC First Team all four years of his Duke career. Heaps won the Missouri Athletic Club Award as the nation's top soccer player in his senior season and the Fusion selected Heaps second overall in the 1999 MLS Draft.

Heaps also waked on to the basketball team at Duke and played three-and-a-half seasons before concentrating on his soccer career during his senior year.


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