Revolution Team History
Revolution Team History
Major League Soccer started its first season in 1996 with 10 teams, San Jose Clash (now Earthquakes), Tampa Bay Mutiny, New York/ New Jersey Metrostars, Los Angeles Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, and the New England Revolution. Each team featured world talent from the 1994 world cup including Alexi Lalas, Carlos Valderrama, Jorge Campos, Tony Meola, Cobi Jones and Eric Wynalda.
On October 17, 1995 the New England Revolution was born. Leadership from Owner/Investor Robert Kraft, and General Manager Brian ODonovan helped secure Foxboro Stadium as its home venue and settled in as one of the 10 original organizations in MLS. The team started in 1996 with US National team players Mike Burns and Alexi Lalas. They later acquired Joe-Max Moore. The Revolution did not make the playoffs with a 15-17 record, but the foundation was set for professional soccer in New England.
In 1997 the Revolution brought in world renowned goalkeeper Walter Zenga. The Revs finished again with a 15-17 record, but this time they just barely made the playoffs with an 88th minute goal in the season finale. The Revs led the league in attendance with a total of 342,782 fans watching.
In 1998 MLS added the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion. The Revs brought in forward Raul Diaz Arce, but they finished last with a record of 11-21 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.>
In 1999 the Revs acquired stars John Harkes and Giovanni Savarese, but finished 9th with a record of 12-20 and again they failed to qualify for the playoffs. All time Revs leading scorer Joe-Max Moore left the Revs and joined Everton of the English Premiere League at the end of the season.
In 2000 MLS eliminated the Shoot-out and the Revs named Fernando Clavijo head coach. The Revs also acquired Wolde Harris and Rusty Pierce, and finished with their best record ever, 13-13-6. The Revs were eliminated from the playoffs but not before they won there first playoff game ever.
In 2001 the Revs acquired all-star internationals Andy Williams of Jamaica, and Cate of Brazil. The Revs finished with a 7-14-6 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs, but made it to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup finals and lost 2-1 in overtime.
In 2002 with Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny being eliminated due to low attendance rates the Revs acquired Mamadou Diallo, Alex Pineda Chacon, Steve Ralston, Jim Rooney, Carlos Llmasoa and Adin Brown. They also acquired rookie sensation Taylor Twellman in the Superdraft. With a poor start to their season the Revs fired Fernando Clavijo and promoted Steve Nicol to head coach. The Revs also made the biggest trade in league history with the Metrostars trading Mamadou Diallo, Andy Williams and Ted Chronopolous for Diego Serna, Brian Kamler and Daniel Hernandez. Defensive stalwart Daouda Kante later joined the team. With these new acquisitions and Twellman leading the league in scoring (23 goals, 6 assists), the Revs completed a worst to first turnaround winning the eastern division. The Revs also made it to MLS Cup 2002 at Gillette Stadium. Despite a record-breaking crowd, they lost 1-0 to Los Angeles on an overtime goal by Carlos Ruiz.
In the 2003 preseason the Revs acquired Peter Nowak from the Fire, giving them someone to fill their attacking-mid spot. Nowak, however, retired a month later. The Revs also brought back their all-time leading scorer Joe-Max Moore, who had been released by Everton, and acquired goalkeeper Matt Reis from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Alex Pineda Chacon. Moore would suffer multiple injuries during the season and only score 4 goals along with 7 assists in limited playing time. Taylor Twellman suffered two injuries at the end of the season allowing him to only play in 22 games, but he still lead the league with 15 goals. Rookie Pat Noonan picked up the slack at the end of the season scoring 10 goals, along with 7 assists to lead the Revs to their first winning record (12-9-9) and their first positive goal differential (+8). Noonan finished second in rookie scoring in 2003 (1 point behind Damani Ralph), and second in all-time MLS rookie scoring. The Revs finally found an attacking midfielder in Jose Cancela, who came to the Revs midway through the season and quickly became known as a great player averaging the most fouls suffered per game of any player. With starters Taylor Twellman, Joe-Max Moore, Brian Kamler and Joe Franchino missing for all or some of the playoffs, the Revs still managed to make it to the conference finals, where they lost 1-0 in overtime to Chicago.
In the 2004 preseason the Revs named Craig Tornberg General Manager. Tornberg has been with the Revs since their inception and has made friends with many of the Revolution faithful.