The most popular soccer clubs are once again circling America for their summer tours, and similar to last year, the Boston area will once again get a taste of top-tier teams. The ‘Football at Fenway’ series will showcase the Fenway Sports Group owned team Liverpool, matching up against Italian stronghold AS Roma on July 25th. Gillette Stadium will be involved in the mix as well this summer, as a double-header will take place on August 4th, featuring Italian powerhouse AC Milan taking on Honduran club Olimpio while the Revolution square up against Sporting KC later that evening. Which brings me to my point. Why aren’t the Revolution playing at Fenway?
Don’t get me wrong, last year’s summer match against Manchester United was quite a spectacle, but Gillette Stadium was only filled with fairweather Man U fans that wanted to see a glimpse of Wayne Rooney and Chicharito. The Revs support was bleak, and looking back at it now, something occurred to me. Why can’t the Revolution take part in a Fenway series? The Revs would certainly get a strong support from their persistent Fort fans, as well as the city of Boston. No matter what entertainment occurs besides baseball at Fenway, the people will come. The Winter Classic, huge success. The countless rock favorites such as the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, huge success. (An incredible Roger Waters show I might add). Even the less popular Celtic FC match sold plenty of seats just because of the historic venue. So why not the Revs?
Whether it is a Bob Kraft refusal or a Revolution operations decision we may never know, but I can’t see John Henry and the Sox owners saying no. A Liverpool vs. Revolution match may be one-sided, but the game would sure be a hell of a lot of fun. Perhaps Kraft is content with his quite successful Revolution and what they have accomplished in the past. Perhaps he is upset the Red Sox ownership bought Liverpool before he could (Lebron James holds a 5% stake as well…) What ever the situation may be, I refuse to count out a Revs appearance at Fenway, and I’m hopeful one will occur in the near future.
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