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New England Revolution
New England Revolution logo.svg
Full name New England Revolution
Nickname(s) Revs
Founded 1995
Stadium Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Ground Capacity 68,756
Owner Robert Kraft
Head Coach Jay Heaps
League Major League Soccer
2013 Eastern Conference: 3rd
Overall: 7th
Playoffs: conference semifinal
Website Club home page
Current season


The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in Foxborough, Massachusetts that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.

The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's significant involvement in the American Revolution.

The Revs currently play their home matches at Gillette Stadium. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised.[1]

The Revolution were one of the ten original MLS franchises to compete in the league's inaugural season. However, it took them until 2007—their twelfth year of existence—to win their first trophy, the 2007 US Open Cup. The following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have never won an MLS Cup nor MLS Supporters' Shield, despite reaching the MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007; and having the second best regular season record in 2005.

History[edit]

The early years: 1996–2001[edit]

The inaugural Revolution team featured several US Men's National Team regulars returning from abroad to be part of the new league. Despite the presence of Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, and Joe-Max Moore, however, the team was one of only two that failed to make the playoffs of the then-10-team league. The following season, the squad made the playoffs, but failed to advance past the first round. For the next five years, this would be the Revs best playoff result (which they matched in the 2000 season) as a revolving door of players and head coaches failed to make much of an impact on the fledgling league.

Attendance in these early years was high despite the team's poor on-field performances. More than 15,000 people per match regularly came to watch the Revolution play in the old Foxboro Stadium. The Revs did manage to make the final of the 2001 US Open Cup, but they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a golden goal by Danny Califf. It was a harbinger of finals to come for the Revolution.

The Steve Nicol era: 2002–2011[edit]

Liverpool great Steve Nicol was appointed on a full-time basis for the 2002 season (he had previously held the position of interim head coach during 1999). Since he took over, Nicol only failed once to guide the Revolution to a playoff berth, a league-record eight straight seasons, failing for the first time in 2010. The first six of those berths (from 2002–2007) resulted in an appearance in the conference final or better, including three consecutive MLS Cup finals from 2005–2007. Since the 2008 season, the Revs have failed to go further than the first round of the playoffs. Still, Nicol was respected as one of the best coaches in the league.[2][3]

Playoff success: 2002–2007[edit]

Steve Ralston was an integral part of the Revs' success, leading them to four MLS Cup finals

In his first season in charge, Nicol guided the Revs to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The team advanced through the playoffs to the MLS Cup final, where they lost to the Galaxy again, this time 1–0 on a golden goal by Carlos Ruiz.

After losing in the conference finals in 2003 and 2004, the Revs repeated their 2002 feat finishing tops in the east and losing to LA 1–0 in extra time again in 2005. New England had a real chance to win their first MLS championship, in MLS Cup 2006, against the Houston Dynamo. After Taylor Twellman scored in the 113th minute, the Revs allowed an equalising header from the Dynamo's Brian Ching less than a minute later that sent the game to penalty kicks, where the Revs lost 4–3. The 2007 MLS Cup was a rematch from the previous year, though the result was the same as Houston defeated New England 2–1.[4]

Their 2002 MLS Cup appearance granted them a spot in the 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, but lost their first matchup 5:3 on aggregate after playing two games on the road to LD Alajuelense. The Revolution again faced LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the home and away 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The "home" game was played February 22, 2006, in Bermuda despite some fans feeling that playing at Gillette Stadium in the adverse conditions of winter in New England could have been advantageous. The Revs failed to advance, as they drew 0–0 in Bermuda and lost 0–1 in Costa Rica.

Minor trophies; rebuilding: 2007–present[edit]

In the 2007 season, the Revs made it to two cup finals. Though they lost the 2007 MLS Cup to the Houston Dynamo (a rematch from 2006), they defeated FC Dallas to win their first-ever trophy: the 2007 US Open Cup. The victory qualified the club for the preliminary round of the newly expanded CONCACAF Champions League. Additionally, their top-four finish qualified them for SuperLiga 2008.

The Revolution competed in four different competitions (MLS, Open Cup, Champions League, and SuperLiga) during the 2008 season. The Revolution had an excellent run in the beginning of the 2008 season. By mid-July, they were leading the overall MLS table and had finished as the number one overall seed in SuperLiga. The team won the tournament, defeating the Houston Dynamo on penalties to earn a small amount of revenge on for their successive MLS Cup defeats. That trophy, however, was the high point for the 2008 Revs. Fixture congestion led to a rash of injuries and general fatigue, and the team crashed out the Champions League with an embarrassing 4–0 home defeat to regional minnows Joe Public FC of Trinidad and Tobago (the tie ended 6–1 Joe Public on aggregate). The team also struggled in domestic play, limping to a third-place finish in the East and losing to the Chicago Fire in the first round of the playoffs. The Revs managed a semifinal appearance in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup, but lost to DC United.

In 2009, the Revs continued the mediocrity that had plagued the second half of their 2008 season, losing to Chicago again in the first round of the playoffs. The team also lost to Chicago in the semifinals of the 2009 SuperLiga. 2010 started even more dismally than 2009, with the team failing to put together an unbeaten streak longer than three games until July. Despite the abysmal progress, this unbeaten streak coincided with the Revs' third consecutive SuperLiga appearance, and for the second time in three years, the team made the competition's final, but lost 2–1 to Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.

The team failed to make the playoffs in either 2010 or 2011, and at the end of the 2011 season, announced they had parted ways with manager Steve Nicol who had managed the team for 10 years. The team hired former player Jay Heaps as head coach. The 2012 season was another disappointment. In 2013, the team finished 3rd place in the eastern conference making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

In the April 2014 issue of Boston Magazine, journalist Kevin Alexander named the Kraft family as "the Worst Owners in the League" in an article that contrasted the family's sparkling reputation as NFL owners with their alleged lack of interest in MLS and the Revolution.[5]

Colors and badge[edit]

The club badge is stylized, based on the flag of the United States with some of the stars made into a soccer ball (similar to Adidas' ball for the UEFA Champions League). The overall design mirrors the 1994 FIFA World Cup logo.

The home kit is navy, and the away white, both with red detail. Therefore the colors are the same as the national team of the United States. This is also consistent with their sister team, the National Football League's New England Patriots (also owned by Kraft and playing in the same stadium). In 2011, the Revolution announced that United Health Care would be their jersey sponsor; its logo is on the home and away jerseys.

Stadium[edit]

Gillette Stadium has been New England Revolution's home stadium since 2002

The Revolution has played its home games in Foxborough, Massachusetts since its inception – initially at the Foxboro Stadium and subsequently at its replacement, Gillette Stadium. It shares the stadium with the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Soccer-Specific Stadium[edit]

On June 14, 2006, MLS announced that the Revolution were hoping to build a new soccer-specific stadium. Bids have gone out to local towns around New England to see where the Revs could have a stadium built.[7]

On August 2, 2007, the Boston Herald published an article stating that the city of Somerville and Revolution officials have held "preliminary discussions" about building a 20,000 to 25,000 seat stadium on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site off of Innerbelt Road near Interstate 93, and could cost anywhere between $50 and $200 million based on other similar soccer specific stadiums built by Major League Soccer teams.[8] After a two-year hiatus, the Revolution renewed their plans to build a stadium in Somerville since the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority finalized its Green Line maintenance facility plans.[9] In an July 2010 interview with team owner Kraft has said that over $1 million has been invested in finding a suitable site, preferably in the urban core.[10] However, the club also has three other sites in consideration in the event of the proposal's termination. The record attendance of the New England Revolution in Foxborough (at Foxboro Stadium) is 57,407, in a match against the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1997.

As Boston attempts to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, it has been suggested that the Revs could use the 60-80,000 seat stadium proposed to be built for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as a new home in the city.[11]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters groups[edit]

The team's supporter's clubs are called the Midnight Riders, The Rebellion and the Rev Army. The name 'Midnight Riders' is in honor of the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who announced the departure of British troops from Boston to Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution. The three groups together occupy the north stand of the stadium, which they have nicknamed "The Fort". The Fort is a general admission section and draws its name from the revolutionary theme which runs through the team and independent supporters' associations.[12]

Rivalries[edit]

The club's main rival is widely considered to be New York Red Bulls,[13] due to the rivalry stemming from other Boston–New York rivalries in other professional sports such as the Knicks–Celtics rivalry in the NBA and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry in Major League Baseball. Since 2002 the Revs boast an undefeated streak against the Red Bulls at games taken place on Gillette Stadium, which has intensified the rivalry between the teams.[14] In recent years the Revolution have built rivalries with fellow Eastern Conference teams D.C. United[citation needed] and Chicago Fire. These three teams have faced each other on numerous occasions in the playoffs. In a poll on the club's official site, New England fans consider the Chicago Fire the Revs' most bitter rival as the clubs have clashed many times in the MLS playoffs and regular season,[15] usually producing unsportsmanlike conduct from both sets of players and many post-match confrontations. The Houston Dynamo are also considered a rival due their league championship meetings in 2006 and 2007.[citation needed]

Broadcasting[edit]

All Revolution matches are televised locally in high definition on Comcast SportsNet New England; nationally televised matches air on ESPN, ESPN2, and the NBC Sports Network. All matches are broadcast on radio by WBZ-FM, but this is a simulcast of the TV feed. Brad Feldman handles play-by-play on both TV and radio with Paul Mariner doing color commentary.[16] Matches had previously been aired on WSBK-TV in standard definition.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of January 30, 2013.[17]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Farrell, AndrewAndrew Farrell (GA)     United States
4 Forward Neumann, SteveSteve Neumann      United States
5 Defender Soares, A. J.A. J. Soares      United States
6 Midfielder Caldwell, ScottScott Caldwell (HGP)     United States
7 Forward Mullins, PatrickPatrick Mullins      United States
8 Defender Tierney, ChrisChris Tierney      United States
9 Forward Davies, CharlieCharlie Davies      United States
10 Forward Bunbury, TealTeal Bunbury      United States
11 Midfielder Rowe, KelynKelyn Rowe (GA)     United States
12 Midfielder Dorman, AndyAndy Dorman      Wales
13 Midfielder Jones, JermaineJermaine Jones (DP)     United States
14 Midfielder Fagúndez, DiegoDiego Fagúndez (HGP)     Uruguay
15 Defender McCarthy, StephenStephen McCarthy      United States
16 Midfielder Kobayashi, DaigoDaigo Kobayashi      Japan
17 Forward Akpan, AndreAndre Akpan      United States
18 Goalkeeper Knighton, BradBrad Knighton      United States
19 Midfielder Sundly, AlecAlec Sundly      United States
21 Midfielder Joseph, ShalrieShalrie Joseph      Grenada
22 Goalkeeper Shuttleworth, BobbyBobby Shuttleworth      United States
23 Defender Gonçalves, JoséJosé Gonçalves (Captain)     Portugal
24 Midfielder Nguyen, LeeLee Nguyen      United States
25 Defender Barnes, DarriusDarrius Barnes      United States
30 Defender Alston, KevinKevin Alston      United States
39 Forward Castillion, GeoffreyGeoffrey Castillion      Netherlands
40 Goalkeeper Jackson, LarryLarry Jackson      United States
92 Forward Imbongo, DimitryDimitry Imbongo      France
99 Forward Taylor, TonyTony Taylor      United States

Out on loan[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of January 30, 2013.[17]

No. Position Player Nation
27 Forward Bengtson, JerryJerry Bengtson (on loan to Belgrano)     Honduras
31 Goalkeeper Soffner, LuisLuis Soffner (on loan to Rochester Rhinos)     United States
33 Midfielder Smith, DonnieDonnie Smith (on loan to Rochester Rhinos)     United States
44 Defender Sanchez, JossimarJossimar Sanchez (on loan to Rochester Rhinos)     United States

Notable former players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Head coaches[edit]

General Managers[edit]

  • Brian O'Donovan (1995–00)
  • Todd Smith (2001–02)
  • Craig Tornberg (2003–08)
  • Michael Burns (2011–present)

Achievements[edit]

  • MLS Eastern Conference
    • Winners (Regular Season) (2): 2002, 2005
    • Winners (Playoff) (4): 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Final Record
1996 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify 15–17
1997 4th, East Quarter-Finals Round of 16 Did not qualify 15–17
1998 6th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify 11–21
1999 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify 12–20
2000 2nd, East Quarter-Finals Round of 32 Did not qualify 13–13–6
2001 3rd, East Did not qualify Final Not held 7–14–6
2002 1st, East Final Did not enter Did not qualify 12–14–2
2003 2nd, East Conf. Final Quarter-Finals First Round 12–9–9
2004 4th, East Conf. Final Round of 16 Did not qualify 8–13–9
2005 1st, East Final Round of 16 Did not qualify 17–7–8
2006 2nd, East Final Quarter-Finals First Round 12–8–12
2007 2nd, East Final Champions Did not qualify 14–8–8
2008 3rd, East Conf. semifinal Semi-Finals Did not qualify 12–11–7
2009 3rd, East Conf. semifinal Round of 16 Preliminary Round 11–10–9
2010 6th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify 9–16–5
2011 9th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify 5–16–13
2012 9th, East Did not qualify 3rd Round Did not qualify 9–17–8
2013 3rd, East Conf. semifinal Quarter Finals Did not qualify 14–11–9

Team records[edit]

As of October 27th, 2013.[18]

* Active

  • All-Time regular season record: 208–242–111

Average attendance[edit]

regular season/playoffs

  • 1996: 19,025
  • 1997: 21,423 / 16,233
  • 1998: 19,188
  • 1999: 16,735
  • 2000: 15,463 / 10,723
  • 2001: 15,645
  • 2002: 16,927 / 19,018
  • 2003: 14,641 / 14,823
  • 2004: 12,226 / 5,679
  • 2005: 12,525 / 13,849
  • 2006: 11,786 / 9,372
  • 2007: 16,787 / 10,217
  • 2008: 17,580 / 5,221
  • 2009: 13,732 / 7,416
  • 2010: 12,987
  • 2011: 13,222
  • 2012: 14,002
  • 2013: 14,861 / 15,164
All-Time: 15,555 / 11,611

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revolution announces TV and radio schedule for 2006". 2006-03-14. 
  2. ^ Biglin, Mike (November 16, 2007). "MLS Cup 2007: Formula for success". Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Madaio, Bob (February 3, 2010). "The New England Revolution's Steve and Shalrie Show". Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dynamo beat Revolution 2–1 to repeat as MLS champions. Fox Sports. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Kevin (March 25, 2014). "The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League". Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/06/11/usoc-sold-out-game-harvard-toe-water-more-urban-future-new-england-revolutio
  7. ^ Major League Soccer Communications (2006-06-14). "Major League Soccer to seek proposals in New England for soccer-specific stadium sites". MLSnet.com. 
  8. ^ Scott Van Voorhis (2007-08-02). "Revolution's the goal: Somerville talks stadium with Krafts". Boston Herald. 
  9. ^ Andrew Slevison (2010-06-29). "Revs relaunched Somerville stadium plans". Tribal Football. 
  10. ^ Eric Moskowitz (2010-06-18). "Kick-start for team, city". Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ Shirley Leung (2014-06-20). "Boston group eyes Olympic venues". The Boston Globe. 
  12. ^ Joyce Furia (2006-02-07). "Meet the Coach, Meet the Midnight Riders". Soccer New England. 
  13. ^ "Revs, Red Bull renew I-95 rivalry". Fox News. The Sports Network. April 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lloyd Sam equalizes for Red Bulls". ESPN. Associated Press. May 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Who is the true arch rival?". 
  16. ^ "Revs new TV home is Comcast SportsNet". 2010-03-15. 
  17. ^ a b "Players | New England Revolution". Revolutionsoccer.net. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ http://library.kraftsportsgroup.com/2012_Revolution_Media_Guide.pdf

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