New England Revolution President Talks Soccer with Tim
New England Revolution president Brian Bilello joined me on Saturday morning to discuss the 2015 season. The Revs came up a goal short of the MLS Cup last season, but have reloaded and are looking to return to the big game and capture their first championship.
Brian talked about the additions, as well as what it takes to successfully market a soccer club in a New England sports environment where each of the "Big Four" sports have all won championships within the past decade. One of the topics we covered was the change across MLS as a whole to get away from "Americanizing" the game to adopting a model more similar to European football.
He also offered some insight into why, despite a huge soccer following on the SouthCoast, New Bedford wouldn't make a viable location for a soccer-only stadium sometime in the future. It may be easy to blame it on something as easy as the agonizing wait for SouthCoast Rail, but it's not just that; according to Brian, the focus is on being on a major rail line, and not just a commuter line. It was disappointing to hear that the SouthCoast wouldn't be in contention for a stadium, but completely understandable considering who Brian and the Revs braintrust feel is the best market to go after in order to help the Revolution grow in popularity.
What do you think--would you be more or less likely to attend a Revolution game if it was in the city of Boston as opposed to Foxboro or even somewhere down our way?