It is a good time to be a soccer fan in New England. No, the New England Revolution haven't signed Ronaldinho or announced plans to fast-track a stadium in Somerville, but opportunities still abound to make this summer one of the most active - and worth following - New England soccer summers for quite some time.
The Revs smoked the Galaxy for their second win of 2012.
Let's start with the Revs. Off to a 2-3-0 start (ahead of today's game vs. DC United), you could be lulled into thinking it will be just another dull season down at the Razor. But early indications seem to indicate that isn't quite the truth. With Steve Nicol gone and Jay Heaps at the helm, the Revolution have drastically altered their roster and playing style. They are a deeper team that is striving to play a more possession-oriented, attack-minded brand of football. They aren't laden with established star power, and no one is suggesting that they are ready to be considered among Major League Soccer's elite. But they have thus far proven to be a lot more entertaining and competitive than in the last couple of years.
The National Premier Soccer League expanded this year, as well. Joining the Seacoast United Phantoms (they play in both leagues) and Mass United are the Seacoast United Mariners and Rhode Island Reds. The NPSL season will also kick off in early May. Between the two leagues, there are four teams in Massachusetts, two in Maine and one each in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. History has shown that it is exceedingly difficult for franchises to survive long at this level, but here's hoping history will change.