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Jonathan Kraft Reiterates MLS Revolution's Need For Soccer-Specific Stadium

Kraft hopes a new stadium would help attract U.S. men's national friendlies
MLS Revolution President Jonathan Kraft said for the franchise to "realize its full potential," the team needs to "be playing in the Greater Boston market in a soccer-specific stadium," according to Kyle McCarthy of the NEW ENGLAND SOCCER JOURNAL. Kraft: "The mayor-elect (Marty Walsh) has said publicly that he thinks a soccer-specific stadium in the city is a good idea. Hopefully, that will be an opportunity. We're also working on a couple of other things that aren't within the city of Boston, but they are extremely close. You'd call them urban stadiums with great access to public transportation." Kraft, when asked if he hoped a new stadium would attract U.S. men's national team games, responded, "Absolutely. And then you have a cool thing in the Boston market. You could have U.S. national team friendlies and competitive matches there. If major opponents are coming, we could always play them at Gillette. It would give the Greater Boston and New England soccer market the chance to host any type of soccer match in the appropriate venue." He added of the development of soccer in the Boston market over the past two decades, "Ten years ago, I didn't hear much about the Revolution and MLS. To see the kids who are playing the game now having an outlet to talk about the team and wear the jerseys, it's kinda cool. For us to really finish the job, we have to bring the soccer-specific stadium to this market. We know that. We're not blind to that fact. But unfortunately, it's not always as easy to get things done here as it is in other places, where land is more available and people don't take for granted they have sports teams in their markets" (NEW ENGLAND SOCCER JOURNAL, 1/'14 issue).
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