It's a good night when four different players find the back of the net for your team. When those four individuals are playing for their hometown club, well that’s just something special.
On Saturday, the New England Revolution downed Real Salt Lake 4-0, getting goals from Chris Tierney (Wellesley, MA), Juan Agudelo (Manizales, Colombia) Charlie Davies (Manchester, NH), and Scott Caldwell (Weymouth, MA). To have three of the four goal scorers from New England in front of a rambunctious crowd at Gillette Stadium is an oddity worth recognition.
"It’s a special night," head coach Jay Heaps, who was born in Nashua, NH, said. "Tonight was a great team effort, so when you talk about New England and New Englanders, it’s a special feeling."
Davies, who spent the bulk of his career abroad, echoed the sentiments of his coach. The promising forward suffered a near-death car accident in 2009, which put his career in jeopardy. Struggling to regain form with Sochaux (France) and Randers FC (Denmark), Davies ultimately landed in New England, and he couldn’t be happier.
"To be able to have success for the hometown team it’s priceless," Davies remarked. "It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of and I’m living my dream as we speak. It’s something that when I’m eighty years old I’ll be able to look back and think what a special opportunity this was for me."
Adding to the emotions of the night was the fact that 17,982 fans were in attendance at Gillette Stadium. This is the largest home crowd of the year so far and the players could certainly feel it from the field.
"We could tell when we walked out just before the whistle that it was a good crowd," Caldwell said. "You could hear them the whole game, so that definitely helped us out."
The Revs were happy to reward the Foxboro Faithful with a good offensive performance. More than just the common fan, however, the players hope the youth was watching. After all, they are the next generation of MLS stars.
"It’s great for the youth in the area knowing that one day they can make their dreams come true and play for this team just like I had this same dream," Davies stated.