They don’t get to participate in the pregame huddle and they’ll never step foot on the field, but the New England Revolution recognize that their fans have a large affect on the game. This is why the players have introduced a post-game sign of appreciation that they hope will become a tradition.
After the final whistle of Saturday’s win over Minnesota United FC, Revs players walked over to the Fort, which is home to some of the team’s most dedicated supporters. The players then collectively clapped twice, inviting the fans to do the same. The whole thing was a simple gesture meant to thank those that stand behind them week after week.
“It’s something that we’ve talked about as a team, is we want to be more involved with the supporters this year,” Chris Tierney explained. “We appreciate the boost that they give us on the field. Any time we can interact with them and show them our appreciation, we’re going to take advantage of that.”
The post-game celebration was partially improvised, as Juan Agudelo said that the Fort first learned about it after the game. Despite the short notice, Agudelo and his teammates thought it went well and could be something that “can go on forever.”
Scott Caldwell, who helped organize the show of support with Lee Nguyen, sees a lot of value in having a post-game interaction with fans
“We just want to make sure that the fans know how much they’re needed for us to do well,” Caldwell explained. “Lee came up with the clap that all the rest of the team really liked and thought it was a good way to get them involved each and every home game.”