New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is a charter club of Major League Soccer, having been a part of the league from its foundation. Its name the "Revolution" refers to the American Revolution and honors New England involvement in it. The Revolution plays their home games in Gillette Stadium, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, outside of Boston.
Despite a roster filled with United States National Team players from the beginning, the Revolution had trouble finding success in its first seasons- not even qualifying for the then 10 team league playoffs. It took them twelve years, but they finally found success in winning their first hardware in 2007, in winning the US Open Cup. They won the Eastern Division in both 2002 and 2005, as well as qualified for the CONCACAF Champions league in 2003, 2006, and 2009. Many loayal supporters of the club are called the "Midnight Riders" in homage to the famous rides of Revolutionary War icons Paul Revere and William Dawes. Notable former players for the New England Revolution include John Harkes, Chris Albright, Pat Noonan, and Clint Dempsey.
The New England Revolution sports red, white, and navy blue in honor of the American flag. The club emblem is stripes and a blue stitched ball, placed in resemblance of an American flag. Rivalries are observable with other Eastern Division power-houses including the Chicago Fire and Red Bull New York.