The report says a public lot off I-93 on Frontage Road has been tabbed as the very early leading candidate for the site. The lot is currently being used for public works and towed cars. At this point that is the only known site, while it may not be the only one under consideration.
A spokesperson for the family said to the Globe, “We are currently developing concepts for how a soccer stadium for the Revolution can benefit the greater Boston area. Once we have more developed plans, we will comment further.”
A computer-generated 3D map of the location in the Globe story shows the potential site would be quite the squeeze, with an MBTA transit maintenance facility – complete with train tracks – sit directly behind it, and the stadium would have to be squished between that and the road. However, close access to the transit lines would give the stadium easy access.
Just a week ago Jonathan Kraft confirmed the family has long coveted a stadium for the Revolution, saying that it’s “something we’ve been working on for a while,” while also admitting “we’ve come very close with a couple of situations over the past half-dozen years and they didn’t happen.”
Apparently the family has been hard at work to secure a stadium for a few months now, meeting with city officials to determine viability.
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.
Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.