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Revolution should request Fourth of July home game

Posted by Julian Cardillo  July 4, 2013 04:07 PM

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Happy Fourth of July. The Revolution won't be playing today, though scheduling a home game on Independence Day would be a great tradition to start.

It's not just true, it's self-evident.

Consider this:

1. The War for Independence, also known as the Revolutionary War (from which the Revolution's name is obviously derived) began in New England at Lexington and Concord in 1775.

2. On the eve of Lexington and Concord, Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, and William Dawes all participated in the storied "Midnight Ride" in which they alerted the colonists that "the British were coming." That important event has lent its name to one of the Revolution's main supporters groups--the Midnight Riders.

3. Revolutionaries John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, and Crispus Attucks were all born in the Boston area and played key roles in the War for Independence.

4. At the Second Continental Congress, nine of the Declaration of Independence's 56 signers were born in the Boston area. Nineteen represented New England states, while Quincy-born John Hancock was the President of the Congress.

History aside, New England just seems like a place that needs to have an MLS game on the Fourth of July. The Revolution will play San Jose this Saturday at Gillette Stadium and are planning to have a traditional fireworks show anyway.

Curiously, the Revolution have played away for the Fourth of July many times. The Revolution played on the Fourth ever year from 1996 to 2006. Eight of those games were away and the Revolution only won once. Two were at home and the Revolution won both.

The Revolution have played on the Fourth three times since 2008 and were the away team on each occasion, going 1-1-1.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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