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pvilleguru
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Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
The New England Revolution has largely been a dumpster fire for the last decade. Playing games in a massive, empty stadium 20+ miles from Boston. Can't attract foreign players. Reeking of MLS 1.0.

In October 2018, they broke ground on a new 68 acre, $35M training facility in Foxborough. This week, they fired both their manager and GM, and gave both duties to Bruce Arena. There's no way Bruce would have taken the job without assurances that he would have autonomy and the resources to build a quality team. Now many sources are saying that they are close to releasing architectural designs and a location for a new stadium in Boston.

If the Revs are actually getting funding and can actually move into Boston (and maybe rebrand?), how ripe is Boston to becoming a force in MLS?


Michael Stein
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
We can only hope. At lot of people forget that Bob Kraft was one of the league’s most active and ambitious owners in the early years of the league. He was willing to spend big money (by mid-2000s MLS standards) to keep Twellman and Dempsey around for a while when English teams wanted them. He’s been put on blast in the press this year by Sam Stejskal and other reporters, and I think he’s finally had enough of his second organization being a clown show. Hiring Bruce Arena is a great short-term step towards building a sustainable, successful team in the long-term. He probably won’t be head coach for too long, but he could be a great GM until his retirement.

I’ve always felt like New England is a sleeping giant ready to be awoken if they get a Boston stadium. The Revs were so close under Steve Nicol to being a dynasty in the mid-2000s. Incredibly unlucky to lose 4 MLS Cups in 6 years by one goal or less.

The Revs get respectable attendance despite being bad and playing all the way in Foxboro. I can easily see them getting 25K attendance consistently if they actually played in Boston, maybe more. Getting a stadium built in Boston is really tough and we’ve had fruitless Revs stadium rumors for years, but this one seems to have more smoke to it than usual. There’s also a lot of smoke that New York City are close to securing a stadium site in the South Bronx that could be completed by 2024. The Chicago Fire are also looking at a site not too far from Wrigley Field.

I think what we’re seeing here is MLS owners planning for the 2026 World Cup on home soil and wanting their teams to be in the best possible position to take advantage of that wave. They’re willing to spend a lot of money now for huge potential profit down the road.


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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
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Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?



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This week, they fired both their manager and GM, and gave both duties to Bruce Arena.


Bruce is not the answer when you have clubs LAFC anf ATL are getting the brighest and best and bringing in good influences from abroad.

He is part of the old MLS that needs to be left in the past.
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pvilleguru
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
He's a good answer when you're in the hole that the Revs are in. He knows the league, has had recent success in the league. Immediately brings legitimacy back to the team. He still has a ton of good contacts abroad. It's a safe hire and you know he will leave it better than how he found it.

At the very least, he should be able to build a strong foundation for them to build on. He sure as hell should be better than Mike Burns and Brad Friedel.


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pvilleguru
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
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He is part of the old MLS that needs to be left in the past.

He finished 3rd in the West in 2016 while having to bring Donovan out of retirement because of injuries (if I remember correctly).


pvilleguru
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
It's also probably pretty damn hard to convince a foreign manager to come take the current New England Revolution job.


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Broski
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
Well he got an asian massage which had been a soccer delicacy in the past, so maybe.


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crazy4lsu
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
Maybe this was part of his plea agreement.


PhilipMarlowe
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
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Maybe this was part of his plea agreement.


Hopefully they also stipulated in the agreement that he’s required to further development of the sport among the poor areas as well. I’d love to have a couple southie defenders ending Mexican, Panamanian & Honduran careers with their tackles.


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pvilleguru
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
How are you differentiating Bob Bradley (LAFC) and Bruce Arena?


StraightCashHomey21
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
Bob’s experiences abroad and the club structure between the two is night and day

But here you are white knighting for MLS


theOG
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
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How are you differentiating Bob Bradley (LAFC) and Bruce Arena?


Without discussing the quality of the coaching services provided, their resumes are different (pro jobs only):

Bruce:

DC United
USMNT
NYRB
LA Galaxy
USMNT
Revs

Bob:

Chicago Fire
MetroStars
Chivas USA
Egypt national team
Stabæk Fotball
Le Havre AC
Swansea City
LAFC




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pvilleguru
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re: Is Robert Kraft starting to take soccer seriously?
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the club structure between the two is night and day

But that's not a negative for either of them.


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