A few things happened in the soccer world while yours truly spent Friday night and most of Saturday covering the high school Super Bowls at Gillette:
On Friday (right around the time I arrived in Foxborough), the Revolution announced a friendly with English Premier League side Chelsea FC, which will be played at Gillette after the European season concludes in late May. As has been previously reported by Frank Dell’apa, the match came about as Revs investor/operator Robert Kraft spoke at the World Jewish Congress in New York last month.
Kraft and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will each donate $1 million toward international community programs which combat antisemitism. In addition, the proceeds of the friendly match will go to these same programs.
In England, Chelsea has worked since January to combat antisemitism: the Blues launched the Say No To Antisemitism campaign to raise awareness of and educate the club’s players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in football.