New England Revolution
Tom Soehn is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the New England Revolution after joining Jay Heaps’ staff in January 2014. Soehn has had a long association with Major League Soccer as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and team executive. He began his professional playing career in 1988.
Soehn has 13 years of MLS coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant, including three seasons with the Chicago Fire and six seasons with D.C. United.
The Chicago, Ill. native began his coaching career as an assistant coach with his hometown club, the Chicago Fire, where he was Bob Bradley’s first assistant in 2001 and 2002. He then served in the same capacity for Dave Sarachan in 2003. The following year, Soehn moved to D.C., where he served as Peter Nowak’s top assistant, helping the Black and Red win MLS Cup in 2004 and the 2006 Supporters Shield. After three seasons, Soehn was promoted to head coach ahead of the 2007 season, in which he led D.C. to a second straight Supporters Shield. In 2008, he guided D.C. to the U.S. Open Cup championship and into the group stage of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League tournaments.
In January 2010, Soehn was appointed as Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s first Director of Soccer Operations, where he developed and managed the club’s inaugural roster, player scouting, and identification and recruitment system as the club prepared to enter MLS in 2011. Soehn returned to the bench in late May 2011 and coached the team for the remainder of its debut season after head coach Teitur Thordarson was released. In 2012, he returned to the front office to direct soccer operations, helping craft the Whitecaps FC team that qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs – the first ever Canadian team to reach the postseason.
Before pursing coaching, Soehn enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career as a defender and midfielder from 1998-2000. He played in both indoor and outdoor professional leagues during his career, including four seasons in MLS with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and the Chicago Fire. After being selected in the second round (13th overall) of the MLS Inaugural Player Draft in February 1996, Soehn saw his first action with Dallas in 1997 and helped the club win the U.S. Open Cup title.
In 1998, Soehn returned to his hometown to join expansion club Chicago following a midseason trade from Dallas. He was a key member of the Fire team that won both the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles that year. He followed up those championships with another U.S. Open Cup title with Chicago in 2000.
Before joining MLS, Soehn’s playing career included time in the Major Indoor Soccer League (Wichita Wings – 1988-1992), Canadian Soccer League (Ottawa Intrepid – 1989, Hamilton Steelers – 1990), American Professional Soccer League (Colorado Foxes – 1992-94), National Professional Soccer League (Denver Thunder – 1992-93), and Continental Indoor Soccer League (Las Vegas Dustdevils – 1995). During his time with Colorado, Soehn helped the Foxes win two APSL championship titles in 1992 and 1993.
Soehn played collegiately at Western Illinois University from 1984 to 1987, totaling 19 goals and 18 assists. He remains among the school’s top 20 in career scoring and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2003.
Soehn and his wife, Jean, have four children: T.J., Payton, Sydney, and Addison.