Now in his 10th year as a professional, Chris Tierney has seen a lot but nothing like the tifo that the New England Revolution supporters lifted on Saturday.
The fans revealed their latest artwork just before kickoff of the Revs-D.C. game. This one was a re-imagining of a 1976 album for Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, which features the song “New England.” The updated version has Tierney’s image replacing that of Richman.
“To see something like that was amazing,” Tierney said. “To feel appreciated by the fans like that – really special moment for me. I’ve obviously never had something like that in my time here.”
Tierney confessed that he wasn’t aware of the song, though he said he would “check it out when I go home tonight.” The lyrics are all about the greatness of New England, a sentiment surely shared by the Wellesely, MA native.
Tierney signed a multi-year contract with the Revolution in 2015, meaning that the 31-year-old is likely to end his career with the team that drafted him. This is an exciting prospect for Tierney, who has long appreciated playing in front of his hometown fans.
“It gets old, me saying it every time, but I’m really proud to be a Revolution player and to get recognized by supporters like that is an amazing feeling. So many thanks to them,” Tierney concluded.