Once a model MLS franchise, the New England Revolution have been the league's worst team over the past two seasons. While essentially admitting that the league has evolved faster than the organization, the Revolution on Wednesday announced a front office reorganization that will result in current team executives Brian Biello and Michael Burns having more clearly defined, soccer-specific roles. Biello becomes the team president and Burns will be the general manager.
"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," team owner Robert Kraft said in a team release. "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."
Prior to this move, Biello had been the team's Chief Operating Officer and also held other executive positions within Kraft Sports Group. He will now focus solely on the Revolution, while overseeing soccer and business operations. Burns was the team's vice president of player personnel, a role that Revolution blog The Bent Musket pointed out as being a bit nebulous. His new role is much more clearly defined as day-to-day control of soccer operation, which includes oversight of the coaching staff and player personnel acquisition.