The U.S. Open Cup has traditionally provided the New England Revolution with the opportunity to play outside of Gillette Stadium’s walls. Harvard, Providence, and even New Britain have played host to tournament games. This variety is great, but I’d love to see the Revs visit every New England state.
Before I go on, I recognize this is unlikely to happen. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics that go into hosting a USOC game. Game-day preparations would be quite difficult if my proposal came true.
Still, wouldn’t it be great to see the Revs in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont? It would be such a unique scene.
The Revs have long touted themselves as a regional team. The club recently advertised itself as “soccer with a New England accent.” At home games, they blast an anthem that asks fans to shout, “ONE New England!” Recent jersey designs have featured the flag of New England, which was most prominently seen in the team’s 2015-2016 alternative kit.
There would be no better way to embrace the New England spirit then touring the region during U.S. Open Cup play.
Teams around the league use the USOC to play in different venues. This allows die-hard fans to see their team in an intimate setting. If you’ve ever attended a Revs game at Jordan Field at Harvard (capacity is listed at 4,100) then you know the appeal of the USOC. Imagine providing fans from New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont with that same opportunity.
Again, I know this idea isn’t practical in terms of game-day logistics. That said, I’m all about seeing the Revs play in UNH’s new football stadium or the home field of the GPS Portland Phoenix.