Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Gulati departs as Revs president
by Paul Kennedy, November 9th, 2011 10:15PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  new england revolution


[MLS] Following the departure of longtime coach coach Steve Nicol, the New England Revolution's owners, Robert and Jonathan Kraft, have turned to the club's front office to make changes. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has been replaced as Revolution president by Brian Bilello, the club's chief operating officer the last six years, and Michael Burns is the new general manager.

Gulati had joined Kraft Soccer in 1999 following his exit as MLS deputy commissioner. He became U.S. soccer vice president in 2002 and president in 2006. He'll remain as a special advisor to the Revs and Krafts.

Bilello joined the Kraft Sports Group in 2003 as director of quality and operational control at the Kraft-owned Gillette Stadium. He'll now focus solely on the Revs.

In the past, Bilello only oversaw the business side of the operations, nothing on the team side, so he'll now be Burns' boss.

"Mike will be the general manager and I guess it’s easier to start from that perspective," said Bilello. "The head coach will be reporting in to Mike, and every other aspect of our soccer operations there will be reporting in to Mike. So whether that’s the youth, he’ll oversee scouting, player development, the coach and all the technical staff. In the past, Michael did not have that authority over all those groups, so now he will. He is then ultimately accountable to me on all decisions related to that."

Burns played for the Revolution when MLS began in 1996 and represented the USA at the 1998 World Cup. He had been vice president of player personnel the past four seasons. Now he'll handle all aspects of the soccer operations, including coaching and player moves.

“Major League Soccer has evolved significantly in the last few years and while we felt we had a structure in place that had worked well earlier and led us to success, the last two years did not live up to our expectations,” said Robert Kraft. “With this new executive structure, we will be better positioned to compete for championships on the field while we continue to focus on growing our business and building a soccer-specific venue in the Commonwealth.”

The Revs have played at the old Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium, both owned by the Krafts, and are one of only two original MLS teams not to play in or have concrete plans for a soccer-specific stadium.

Added Bilello, "I’d say in my old role, as chief operating officer, I was already primarily engaged in that and that will not change in terms of that’s still -- off the field, I’ll say and not related to the soccer side -- our biggest initiative that we’re working on today. It will continue to be so and we’re working pretty hard at it."



0 comments
  1. Luis Montalvo
    commented on: November 10, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.
    This is absolutely the worst place to watch an MLS game. Poor staffing, ridiculous security enforcement and a culture of not caring for the soccer fan. The experience b/w a Rev game and a Patriot game is so startling that it's quite insulting. Ownership should know better.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Dutch Lions ink Cruyff grandson    
[USL PRO TRANSACTIONS] The Dayton Dutch Lions have Matheus (Brazilian defender Matheus Diovany Pechim Dos Santos), ...
The 10 richest American soccer owners    
[MAKING A LIST] Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, announced as the owner ...
Howard's Everton suffers costly setback    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The bid of Tim Howard's Everton to finish in the top four of the ...
Atlanta introduced as 22nd franchise    
[MLS EXPANSION] MLS introduced Atlanta as its latest expansion team, owned by Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank, ...
Sonia becomes third Spaniard to join Flash    
[NWSL TRANSACTIONS] Sonia became the third Spaniard to join Western New York, joining Vicky Losada, Week ...
Fernandez stymies Energy with late penalty save    
[USL PRO: Week 5] Raul Fernandez saved Michael Thomas' penalty kick in the 90th minute to ...
What They're Saying    
"All I can say about my departure is we no longer agreed to the strategy. I ...
Perfectly placed volley into own goal    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You may have noticed, we relish a good own goal. Today's ...
MLS clubs take leads in International Division    
[GENERATION ADIDAS CUP] New York, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas lead their groups after two ...
Houston launches independent under-23 team    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Houston Dynamo became the 11th MLS club to add an under-23 program to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives