Tuesday, February 15 was supposed to be an amazing day for the club.
It was supposed to be the day the New England Revolution held a shirt launch event ahead of a CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) game against Cavaly AS. Visa issues caused Cavaly AS to forfeit their CCL matches and the shirt launch event was cancelled.
That didn’t stop dedicated fans from making the trip to Gillette Stadium to get their hands on the new “Liberty” kit.
Midnight Riders member Cathrine Gallagher made a two-hour round trip to get her hands on a new jersey. When she arrived at the ProShop in the middle of the day, she left disappointed.
“I asked the person who greeted us when we arrived where the authentic jerseys were and he directed me to the replicas,” she said. “When I informed him it was the replica he corrected me, at which point I said thank you and he left.”
Gallagher ended up asking another employee, who told him that authentic jerseys would arrive two weeks later.
The Midnight Rider ended up grabbing a “zero FC donated” t-shirt and leaving the shop. She then ordered an authentic jersey from Fanatics in the Gillette Stadium parking lot.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Twitter user @jusscali was able to get his hands on an authentic jersey. Since it showed up in the store later that day, the ProShop had some in stock, but they didn’t have player jerseys. He eventually customized a blank authentic kit with Carles Gil’s new number.
Although he was able to get his hands on a kit, he was still disappointed with how the shirt launch ended up happening.
“I mean, it’s hard to argue that this doesn’t all look like a pretty badly missed opportunity, unfortunately,” he said. “The leak, followed by the short clip of Jozy [Altidore] (intentional or not) made all of this rather disappointing. This is only made slightly worse by the muted impact of a safe first kit in this new era of the club. I don’t blame the club per se, but the whole name change should have gone hand in hand with the new kit.
“It’s something for the league to think about moving forward,” he concluded.
The Gillette Stadium ProShop has made an effort to help fans who were unable to find the exact jersey they wanted. The official Twitter account contacted a fan who was unable to purchase an authentic kit.
We’re sorry they weren’t received prior to your visit, but we now have authentic white and navy jerseys at the ProShop. If you email us at [email protected] we can try to take care of you without asking you to return to the stadium store.
— Patriots ProShop (@PatriotsProShop) February 16, 2022
It’s also worth noting that Adidas seems to have prioritized the new home kit. New York Red Bulls and Once, Metro reporter/editor Ben Cork mentioned the jersey was displayed in the brand’s store in New York.
I don’t know if it’s worth a Bent Musket article, but I saw the new NER kit the other day at the Manhattan Adidas flagship store, which is unusual for any non-NY MLS team.
— Ben Cork (@corkinho) February 18, 2022
So how did some fans end up with jerseys and some didn’t? The club told The Bent Musket what happened.
“Adidas missed their delivery times for authentic, youth and goalkeeper shirts,” the club said. “The club have been able to take authentic shirts from the team supply to help care for the fans at the ProShop this year. The order for authentic and youth shirts from the ProShop should arrive in the coming days.
The club later confirmed that they expect the goalkeeper shirts to arrive in May.