December 12, 2012. Today’s really just another Wednesday, right? Apparently not.
There seems to be a lot of to-do about it being 12/12/12 for the first and only time in 100 years.
So, we’ll jump in and recognize the Revolution’s own 12s. Do you think you can you name them all (without looking below)?
We did a bit of research yesterday for boston.com, who listed the city’s five team’s most recent – and most famous – 12s. By our calculations, there have been only three seasons in which the number 12 was not worn: 2002, 2009 and 2012.
First, and probably foremost, was Joe-Max Moore. Do you remember that he wore #12 in his first two seasons with the Revs? While he’s more recognizable to Revs faithful in his iconic #9, Joe-Max wore number 12 in 1996 and 1997. He only switched to #9 in 1998.
David Nakhid, a Trinidadian defender, then wore #12 in 1998, followed by Kris Kelderman in 1999. In 2000, Adam Eyre wore 12, proceeded by Alan Woods in 2001.
As noted, 2002 – the year in which the Revs made their case on a national stage with their first appearance in MLS Cup – no one wore 12. However, Malian defender Daouda Kante wore 12 in 2003 and 2004. (Jay Heaps remembered Daouda wearing it when we quizzed him yesterday.)
After what could be called an identity crisis between 1998 and 2004 with five players wearing it in six years, the number 12 finally found a regular home in 2005 when back-up goalkeeper Doug Warren took the kit, wearing it through the 2008 season.
Since it was used as a goalkeeper number for so long, it was another year before a field player took over #12 – Cory Gibbs in 2010. Rookie Alan Koger donned #12 in 2011 and is the most recent player to wear it.
With that quick review of our number 12s, how many do you remember and who is your favorite?