New England Revolution

Statement from Robert and Jonathan Kraft on the Passing of Brian O'Donovan

October 7, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
New England Revolution News Release

We are deeply saddened to lose a dear friend in Brian O'Donovan. Our entire family extends our sincere condolences to Brian's wife, Lindsay, their children and grandchildren. You are all in our thoughts.

Brian was universally respected by all who knew him and had a warmth, intelligence, and joy for life that left an indelible mark on those around him. While we all will remember Brian fondly for his decades on the Boston airwaves bringing A Celtic Sojourn into our homes and radios, we know that without his vision, soccer would not be where it is today in New England. Brian's leadership helped us bring the FIFA World Cup to Foxboro for the first time in 1994, and then when our family became a founding partner in Major League Soccer the next year, Brian was the obvious choice to set the foundation for the New England Revolution as our club's first general manager and chief operating officer.

Brian's legacy is woven into the fabric of Boston and the city's distinct Irish-American culture, and his influence will be felt for years to come, especially by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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