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This isn't meant to be a history piece on the Marksmen, if you want that check out the Wikipedia entry or this great piece on FRHsoccer. The short version of it is the Marksmen of the 1920's are right up there with the Cosmos of the 1970's as far as shaping the development of soccer in America. Any New England soccer fan knows of the Marksmen and knows of their branding potential as the "original American soccer franchise." So here's the plan, MLS force Mr. Kraft into letting go of his "beloved" Revolution franchise, convince Mr. Henry of the synergy between owning a EPL team and an MLS team, then find a permanent location for the team in the city limits of Boston. Sure it's a pipe dream, but so is thinking that the fan base can be rebuilt with the current Revolution situation. MLS doesn't allow teams to share stadiums with baseball teams, for obvious reasons, so either the team would play with permission at Fenway or make do with the narrow confines of Harvard Stadium for the short term. Perhaps with a new brand and new ownership fan support from this traditionally strong soccer market will swell and force FSV and local officials to push hard towards a stadium deal. Maybe pick up on the option for the MBTA site in Somerville just north of the Zakim Bridge in the shadows of the Bunker Hill Memorial. Much like the quintessential MLS franchise (Seattle), the supporters can meet in the North End and march along the Freedom Trail to stadium for each match. Now that would be a fort worth defending.
What are your thoughts on this option, let us know!