With another cold and unpredictable New England winter at our doorstep, Revs fans can warm their hearts with this mind: April 14, 2007. Yes, circle date and countdown the days until the world’s game returns to Gillette Stadium with double-barreled action in the form of the Revolution home opener, which will follow a US Women’s National Team friendly as part of a sure-fire soccer extravaganza.
The 2006 Eastern Conference Champs will open their 2007 home tilt vs. old pal Jose “Pepe” Cancela and his expansion Toronto FC squad in front of the home crowd after Kristine Lily & Co. takes to the turf in an international friendly. Their opponent will be announced at a later date. The last time the women's side graced the Gillette Stadium pitch was on October 1, 2003 when Abby Wambach scored the game’s lone goal as the American women defeated Norway 1-0 during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
The home opener may feature the first New England-based professional soccer game on artificial turf since the New England Tea Men closed out their 1980 season at the old Foxboro Stadium (which employed AstroTurf until 1990) before abandoning ship to Jacksonville soon thereafter. With many fans vocalizing their disdain for the artificial surface currently utilized for football, it will be interesting to see if the Revs will be sporting rubber soles come April 14.