On Saturday, the New England Revolution held their annual Season Member Welcome Event. I wasn’t in attendance, but photographer Kari Heistad (as well as others) provided a play-by-play on Twitter. Here are six insights that I found most interesting:
The club is looking into updating their logo
Bilello: logo may/may not get updated. We have had focus groups with fans about the logo. #NERevs— Kari Heistad (@TravelingCEO) January 25, 2020
This has been known for a while now but I haven’t had the chance to offer my opinion. Personally I’d be fine with a new logo. The Revs flag was probably one of the best logos in 1996, but I don’t think it looks great on merchandise in 2020. The name should stay, but an updated, classy logo would be good for the brand.
The Revs’ second preseason tournament will be streamed
Bilello: Second tournament in Portland for preseason will be televised. #NERevs— Kari Heistad (@TravelingCEO) January 25, 2020
I’m all about hot takes during preseason, which is why I’m excited that we’ll be able to watch the Portland tournament. It would be great if the games in LA are also streamed, but for now I’m happy that we won’t have to wait until opening day to judge Adam Buksa, Alex Buttner, and the rest of the team.
Revs players will stay in Foxboro
Arena: with our second team, no more loans out to other teams. #NERevs— Kari Heistad (@TravelingCEO) January 25, 2020
Upon arriving in New England, Bruce Arena sent several promising young players out on loan to various USL Championship teams. That practice will apparently be over now that the Revs have a USL League One team.
The stadium is a factor in deciding which games will appear on national TV
Bilello: our stadium holds us back for getting national broadcast games. They don’t like to broadcast from football stadiums. I think it’s a mistake we aren’t going to be on national broadcast this year. Feldman agreed. #NERevs— Kari Heistad (@TravelingCEO) January 25, 2020
The Revs don’t have any nationally broadcasted games this year. None. A major reason for this is their current stadium situation. Add this to the list of reasons why the Revs need to find a new home.
The Krafts are working on a Soccer Specific Stadium
Bilello: We are still working on a new stadium. Bruce is working in the team side, staffing etc. Krafts are funding all of those team developments. Having the new stadium is critical from a biz perspective. Arena: I would have not come if I didn’t think we wouldn’t get a stadium.— Kari Heistad (@TravelingCEO) January 25, 2020
Have you heard this one before? You better believe it. Still, I like hearing Arena’s thoughts on the saga. He does appear to be confident that stadium news is on the horizon.
Camara’s roster spot will go unfilled for now
This last one comes from the guys at Six States One Pod, which you should subscribe to if you haven’t already. The Revs lost a potential starter when center back Samba Camara’s P-1 Visa was denied. I imagine that Bruce and Company will look to add a center back (or defensive midfielder) at some point this season. It looks like that move will happen during the summer transfer window.