Full disclosure: I am a fan of Liverpool a great deal more than the Revolution. My soccer career consisted of two seasons as a right back for a small private school, so my intimate knowledge of the game is somewhat limited to what I can pick up through Barclays Premier League games and FIFA 14.
But I am also a fan of every other professional sports team in New England - particularly the Patriots, who have the unique ability to ruin my week by losing. So when I observe our sports landscape and see that the New England Revolution are struggling to break into my sports consciousness under the flag of the Krafts while the owners of the Boston Red Sox drop millions of pounds on players overseas for one of the largest clubs in the world, I get sad.
I get sad because soccer has never been more popular than it is in the afterglow the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, yet I can't motivate myself to travel down 495 to Foxborough to watch the Revs. The idea of sitting in a mostly empty stadium to watch a mid-table team simply doesn't move the needle.
I get sad because I read stories in the Wall Street Journal about SEC teams going to meet with the folks at Sporting Kansas City for ideas on how to improve their fan experience. The defending champs average over 19,000 fans per game in a beautiful soccer-specific stadium that boasts one of the best environments in the sport outside of a national team game.
I get sad because that same team's average season ticket holder is 29 years old - just six years older than myself and my group of soccer-fan friends. I think about the experience of spending a summer day going to a jammed-to-the-gills stadium somewhere off the T, cheering on the local team and experiencing the excitement that comes with high-level professional sports.
Which brings me back to Liverpool and Fenway Sports Group. Here is my favorite soccer club spending millions to improve itself and bring in a championship while printing money thanks to a dedicated fan base that reveres the club, its stadium, and its history - all the while being owned by the same men who have made the Red Sox one of the most successful sports franchises of the last 10 years.
The Revolution had a great run during the second half of the 2000s with Steve Nicol at the helm of Taylor Twellman and Shalrie Joseph and Michael Parkhurst and Mike Reis that at least made me bat an eye towards Gillette during the summer. With so much momentum coming out of the World Cup, I want my local MLS team (and its ownership) to step up to the plate and become a New England sports fan's best option during the post-Bruins/pre-Patriots doldrums of summer.
Because as you all and I both know, it's a heck of a lot better than the Red Sox.