New England Revolution 1996
1996 Club by Club
The Revolution began its inaugural campaign under head coach Frank Stapleton, fielding star players Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas, Alberto Naveda, Welton, and, later in the season, Joe-Max Moore. The Revs’ first MLS game was a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay Mutiny on April 13, 1996, but New England came back a week later to earn its first victory, a 1-0 win over the MetroStars. The following weekend, the Revs prevailed in their first game at Foxboro Stadium, defeating eventual MLS Cup champion D.C. United, 2-1, in a shootout. The Revs missed out on the 1996 MLS playoffs, although Foxboro Stadium was the site of the inaugural MLS Cup.