Reliable sources have indicated that a group of Massachuestts businessmen and community leaders are seeking an MLS franchise to play in Boston. Among those involved are Fleet CEO Terry Murray, developer Thomas Flatley and former Boston College president, Rev. Donald Monan, SJ. The group insists that MLS give the team the right to sign any player in the United States with an Irish last name. "Chivas can have Jorge Salcedo and Orlando Perez. We'll take Donovan and O'Brien", says Monan. The group is also committed to building a soccer-specific stadium for the team in one of Boston's traditionally ethnic Irish neighborhoods. Says Murray, "Given the example set by Chivas USA, we felt it important to ghettoize our team. West Roxbury is a real lace-curtain area, so that's out. We would really like for away supporters to have to deal with the maze of triple-deckers that can be found in either Southie, Dorchester or Charlestown. We're leaning toward Southie what with its many abandoned factories, rough bars and tribalistic residents. It's also a peninsula so away supporters will have limited escape routes." Why an all Irish-American team? Flatley explains: "We were all brought up thinking that assimilation was an inevitable and desirable part of the second and third generation experience. But the success of the Chivas USA model has shown us that we and those who taught us were all wrong. Given the prevailing wisdom of multiculturalists, we felt that after all the battles we fought to be accepted, after decades of being assimilated and finally respected, we'd chuck it all and recede into our ethnicity. The goal is to create a wall of suspicion around us. That would be great for our mystique. And if we are successful in our approach, we hope that we can be resented. And why wouldn't we be? But rejecting the society that accepted us can only bring us benefits. Hostility directed toward us can be tremendously unifying and nothing can be so defining and identifying as an experience in persecution. We can't wait. " But what about the already existing MLS team in the Boston market, the New England Revolution? Says Murray, "Well, if Mr. Vergara can consider encroaching on the LA Galaxy's turf, why can't we sniff around the Revs' turf? And we see them as potential rivals. They can represent soulless, assimilated suburbia, what with its quiet, tolerant, harmonious neighborhoods and schools. We'll represent the rage of those who have suddenly realized that they have waisted their time fitting in and climbing the ladder." The group hopes to see its team take the field in in 2004. "We're hoping that Whitey Bulger can sneak in for a guest appearance and kick out the first ball."