FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For Revolution second year coach Jay Heaps, the decision to extend midfielder/defender Chris Tierney’s contract was “painless.”
The 27-year-old is currently in the last year of his current contract, but signed an extension with the club on Monday to allow Tierney to continue his MLS career with the only club he’s ever played for. He is the second-longest tenured player on the roster behind Matt Reis.
“It was pretty painless in terms of he wanted to be here and we wanted him here,” said Heaps. “It was really just a matter of getting it done. We pick the core players that we really see going forward as our unit and its really Mike Burns’ job to get it done and he was obviously able to get it done.”
Tierney was drafted in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by New England’s previous head coach Steve Nicol and assistant Paul Mariner.
“Like I’ve always said it’s a dream come true playing for this club,” said Tierney. “I grew up supporting this club. It’s not for a lack of hard work. I’ve come in here and always made sure that I gave 110% each day. I’ve been lucky to have coaches in Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner that took a chance on me originally. I’ve tried to just work hard and be as good as a pro as I can from getting that opportunity. It’s an honor to play here, I love playing here, and I’m going to continue to work hard.”
Tierney recorded a career-high five assists last season and is currently tied for third this season with four helpers. Midfielder Lee Nguyen, who has played with Tierney for a season and a half, loves to play alongside Tierney.
“It’s huge to extend your contract,” said Nguyen. “It means the team has a lot of faith in you and you’ve done really well. Chris is a really smart player. He’s so technical as well on the left side and he brings a lot of experience. You know what you’re going to get from him week in and week out. I love playing with him.”
Tierney is a Wellesley native and played his high school soccer at Nobles & Greenough in Dedham. His local roots played a role in signing the extension with Revolution.
“It definitely plays a part,” Tierney said. “I’m comfortable here. My family is here and my friends are here. I love playing for this club and this team. It was a really easy decision for me and I’m just happy the club has showed they appreciate what I bring to the table.”
For Tierney, the new contract doesn’t mean he can sit back and relax though. He looks at it as a chance to continue to get back and work harder.
“It feels good that the club has faith in me and values what I bring to the table and I’m glad we could get it done,” he said. “I’ll look continue to work harder and be as a good of a player and teammate as I possibly can here.”