Moments before the MLS Cup Final was set to kickoff, Robert and Jonathan Kraft walked onto the field. While the Krafts would stop to wish good luck to the players and staff of the New England Revolution, it was actually their interaction with the traveling support that was most notable.
Once the Krafts were spotted, the 1,000+ Revolution fans began to chant "Robert Kraft." The owner/investor acknowledged the support by walking over and applauding the makeshift Fort.
With their appreciation recognized, Revolution fans decided to request a stadium through chant. Robert offered a thumbs up as he walked away to find a spot from which to watch the game.
The Krafts reemerged after the final whistle to congratulate players for a well-fought match. Robert would once again visit the supporters, this time offering a thank you before assuring them "we’ll be back."
While brief, the moments shared by the Krafts and Revolution faithful were special. There was a mutual respect between the two parties who had traveled across the country for this game. Although the Krafts weren’t spotted at every Revolution match this season, their attendance was more frequent than years past.
Commissioner Don Garber was sure to thank the Kraft family during the trophy presentation. Garber noted that the Krafts had long been soccer advocates and are a big reason why Major League Soccer is where it is today. In fact, Robert Kraft is the only owner still at the helm of his original MLS team.
Revolution fans might not always agree with the way that the Krafts run their soccer team and there will certainly be more complaints in the future. But for a special moment at MLS Cup, the differences between the two groups were forgotten and a communal admiration was shared.