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The New England Revolution is an American soccer club based in Foxborough, Massachusettsmarker, that participates in Major League Soccer. The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots of the National Football League. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's involvement in the American Revolution.

The Revs currently play their home matches at Gillette Stadiummarker. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadiummarker, during the 1996 through 2001 seasons. The Revs hold the distinction of being the first MLS team to have every league game in its history televised.


Until their 3–2 victory over FC Dallas in the 2007 US Open Cup, the Revs had never won a major American trophy in their thirteen-year history. They were one of three teams in MLS that date back further than 2005 to have not won one of the three major titles in American soccer (MLS Cup, US Open Cup, and the MLS Supporter's Shield). They came close five times, reaching the US Open Cup final in 2001 and the MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007; coincidentally losing their US Open Cup final, and the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005, to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and losing the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007, to the Galaxy's former rival, the relocated Houston Dynamo.

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.

New England had the chance to win their first MLS championship, in MLS Cup 2006, against the Houston Dynamo, but ultimately suffered the same fate as their two previous attempts in 2002 and 2005; the Revs, after Taylor Twellman scored in the second overtime, allowed a game-tying header, from Dynamo Brian Ching, that sent the game to penalty kicks, where New England 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. It was New England's fourth loss in the MLS Cup in a six year span.

Their main rivals are largely considered to be Red Bull New York, although in recent years the Revolution have built rivalries with fellow Eastern Conference teams DC United and Chicago Fire, and the MLS champions Houston Dynamo. The club's supporter's clubs are called the Midnight Riders and 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 Midnight Riders and Rev Army 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.

July 2008 incident aboard aircraft

On July 18, 2008, Revolution players and staff were on American Airlines Flight 725, a Boeing 757 with 151 passengers and seven crew on board, flying from Boston to Los Angeles. The team was en route to play Chivas USA as part of the 2008 SuperLiga tournament. During the flight, team staff helped to subdue an unruly passenger who had undressed and was attempting to open the plane's emergency exit during the flight. The plane was diverted to Oklahoma Citymarker, where the passenger was removed by FBImarker personnel.

Television and radio

All Revs matches are televised locally on WSBK-TVmarker - except for nationally televised matches on ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX Soccer Channel. All matches are broadcast on radio by WEEImarker (AM and FM), but this is a simulcast of the TV feed. Brad Feldman handles play-by-play on both TV and radio with Greg Lalas doing color commentary.




Current roster

As of November 25, 2009.

Notable former players

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

Team records

As of november 23rd, 2009. * Active

  • All-Time regular season record: 171-182-76

Home stadiums

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.

On August 2, 2007, the Boston Herald published an article stating that the city of Somervillemarker and Revolution officials have held "preliminary discussions" about building a 20,000 to 25,000 seat stadium on a 100 acre 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. However, according to Somerville's transportation director in October, 2009, the Revolution and the city have not spoken any further on the subject in over a year.

General managers

  • Brian O'Donovan (1995–2000)
  • Todd Smith (2001–2002)
  • Craig Tornberg (2003—2006)


Year Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF

Champions' League
1996 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Not qualified Started in 2007
1997 4th, East Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
1998 6th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify
1999 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify
2000 2nd, East Quarterfinals Round of 32 Did not qualify
2001 3rd, East Did not qualify Final Not held
2002 1st, East Final Did not enter Did not qualify
2003 2nd, East Semifinals Quarterfinals First Round
2004 4th, East Semifinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2005 1st, East Final Round of 16 Did not qualify
2006 2nd, East Final Quarterfinals First Round
2007 2nd, East Final Champions Did not qualify Did not participate
2008 3rd, East Quarterfinals Semifinals Did not qualify Champions
2009 3rd, East Quarterfinals Round of 16 Preliminary Round Semifinals

Average attendance

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: 12,427/7,416
    • All-Time: 15,844/11,255


  1. Sources: Revolution heroes nab unruly plane passenger -
  2. The Associated Press: FBI: Soccer team members help subdue man on flight

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