Revolution

Sweeney: Don’t get your hopes up about Frontage Road property

On Thursday at 4 p.m., the Boston City Council is expected to take up a request from the Walsh Administration that, if approved, would deem the Boston Public Works lot on Frontage Road as surplus to the city’s requirements. That would free up 18 acres of land abutting the northbound side of Interstate 93, and the city would then go through the bidding process to see who will buy and subsequently build on the property.

Will it be affordable housing? Will it be a strip mall? Or will it be nothing at all, a sort of reverse land reclamation?

For legions of Revolution followers, the hope for them is that club investor/operator Robert Kraft and Kraft Sports Group will get involved, win the bid, and that within the next couple of years, a soccer-specific stadium — a cozy home for their club, with a grass surface not spoiled by ugly gridiron markings — rises from it.

And while that would be a wonderful thing — the goals of the club would be finally realized, after 12 years of searching; Revolution fans who can’t otherwise get to Gillette (see also: the MBTA’s refusal to set up rail service to Foxborough for Revs matches while the Patriots receive service on eight Sundays a year) would be able to watch their club in person — there is one teensy tiny fact that you have to keep in mind as Wednesday turns into Thursday.

There’s no guarantee — as far as we know — that the Revolution are