New England Revolution
Michael Burns is currently in his 15th season with the New England Revolution and his eighth season as the team’s General Manager. He was promoted to his current role in November 2011 after four seasons as the club’s Vice President of Player Personnel. The former Revs defender and team captain returned to the club at the start of the 2005 season as Director of Soccer before being named Vice President of Player Personnel in 2008.
As General Manager, Burns leads all aspects of the club’s soccer operations, which includes oversight of the coaching staff, player acquisitions and scouting, the youth development program, and the team’s day-to-day operations and management. He has also been instrumental in the development of the new Revolution Training Center in Foxborough, set to open in 2019 as the home of the Revolution first team and Academy. The $35-million project places the Revolution’s facilities among the best in all of Major League Soccer and includes a state-of-the-art headquarters and four new professional-grade fields.
A mainstay in New England soccer circles, Burns was born and raised in nearby Marlborough, Mass., and was named Massachusetts High School Player of the Year in 1987. After a standout career at Hartwick College (1988-91), Burns became a regular for the U.S. Men’s National Team, earning 75 caps including two starts for the USMNT in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He was also a member of the 1994 U.S. World Cup squad.
Burns was the first player in U.S. Soccer history to represent the United States at every level of FIFA-sanctioned tournaments: Under-16 World Cup (Canada 1987), Under-20 World Cup (Saudi Arabia 1989), Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992), and World Cup (United States 1994, France 1998).
The Massachusetts native was allocated to the Revolution in 1995 at the inception of MLS and played for – and captained – New England from 1996 to 2000, before finishing his playing career with the San Jose Earthquakes (2000) and the Kansas City Wizards (2001-02). Overall, he made 169 appearances, scored three goals, and totaled 21 assists. Burns also played for Viborg in the Super League in Denmark in 1995 before joining MLS.
In addition to his day-to-day duties with the Revolution, Burns represents New England at the league level as the club’s Chief Soccer Officer, and serves on the MLS Combine Committee. Prior to returning to the Revolution in a management capacity, Burns served on the MLS Disciplinary Committee and was also a member of U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors and the U.S. Soccer Athlete Counsel.
Burns holds a USSF “A” coaching license. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest that includes Marlborough, Hudson, and Framingham.
Burns lives in the suburbs west of Boston with his wife, Jen, and has three children: Kayla, Trevor, and Garrett. He graduated from Hartwick in January 1993 with a degree in business management after taking the spring semester of his senior year off to prepare for the 1992 Olympics.