The “New England Revolution” is a professional American soccer club situated in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The club was one of the league’s ten original franchises during the 1996 inaugural season. The team’s name “Revolution” was originally derived from the New England region’s important involvement during the time of the American Revolution.
Among the rest of the MLS franchise, the Revolution was less notable. In fact, the club was not able to get a trophy for nearly 12 years of their existence, not until the year 2007 when they had finally won the 2007 US Open Cup.
During the inaugural season of the New England Revolution in 1996, a lot of regular players from the US Men’s National Team had returned with the intentions of joining the new club. The club has had several great players at that time, including Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas and Joe-Max Moore, but still failed to advance in the playoffs of the previous 10-team league.
In the following years, the Revolution showed some improvements in their games and began to advance in the playoffs. In fact, the next five years of the Revolution’s MLS career had been eyed as the club’s best playoff records in their history, particularly during the 2000 game season.
Although the team had shown poor on-field performances in their early years, they were still able to put up an outstanding attendance record with more than 15,000 audiences gathered every match at the Foxboro Stadium. In the year 2001, the New England Revolution had reached the US Open Cup for the first time, but they were swept off by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In the year 2002, Steve Nicol had been appointed as a new head coach of the New England Revolution. Nicol’s arrival had brought the team to a new state of success, the Revs ended in the first place during the 2002 Eastern Conference playoffs and had reached the Major League Soccer (MLS) Final Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy with a losing record of 1-0.
Between the years 1996 and 2006, the team was not able to achieve at least one MLS Cup trophy, although they had appeared in several playoffs and had advanced to a number of MLS Final Cups and US Open Cup. In the 2007 game season, the club had doubled appearance in the MLS Cup Finals.
The first fight was against the Houston Dynamo and the second one was against the FC Dallas, although the Revs did not win against the Houston Dynamo, they finally had their first US Open Cup victory after winning the trophy over the FC Dallas.
In the 2008 season, the Revs played in four different competitions (Open Cup, Champions League, Super Liga and MLS). The team has had several losses and a few victories after the 2008 season and in 2011, head coach Steve Nicol left the club.
The club has started playing its home games at the Gillette Stadium since 2001. Prior to the Gillette Stadium, the club had played in the Foxboro Stadium from 1996 to 2001. The team is now managed by Robert Kraft, who is also the owner of the New England Patriots. Robert Kraft and his son Jonathan Kraft are the major investors of the club, whose investments began last 2014.