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The New England Revolution is another of the founding members of the League, the team owned by Robert Kraft (yes, that Robert Kraft that owns the Patriots) was founded two years before they began in the League. New England started off with the United States Men’s National Member Alexi Lalas, but despite this fact, the team was unable to make the playoffs in their first year of existence. However, they did manage to maintain a very sizable crowd for home games at Foxborough Borough Stadium (though the club now plays at Gillette Stadium) even despite the team’s poor record.
The Revolution had trouble getting positive momentum started, evidenced by 6 managers (including 2 interims) in the team’s first three years. The club experienced some of its best results to date under the guidance of former-Liverpool great, Steve Nicol, who was appointed on a full-time basis in 2002 (after serving as one of the interim managers discussed above). During his tenure, the club appeared in the playoffs eight times in a row ended with four MLS Cup Final appearances, two conference finals, and two conference semi-finals. During this run, Taylor Twellman was a part of the club and won the golden boot, twice, in 2002 and 2005.
The Revs are one of the teams that despite making several appearances in an MLS Cup finals game (five, to be exact) they have yet to claim a victory in the competition. Though, they have secured a U.S. Open Cup in 2007, where they also lost in the MLS Cup (to the Houston Dynamo). New England is also one of only a few teams left in the league that does not play in a soccer-specific stadium — despite several attempts and rounds of discussion. The team has drawn crowds in excess of 10,000 for every season in the League.
- Runners Up (5): 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014.
U.S. Open Cup
- Winners (1): 2007