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Dorchester soccer stadium plan for New England Revolution dead

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Plans have been nixed for a 20,000-seat stadium for the New England Revolution at a University of Massachusetts-owned site in Dorchester.

Recall that Robert Kraft—principal owner of the Revolution, which now play at Gillette Stadium—had wanted to build at the old Bayside Expo Center site near South Boston. UMass, which owns the site, appeared amenable to the deal as did Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker.

Negotiations, however, between Kraft and the Boston Teachers Union, which owns a sliver of the would-be site, had reportedly stalled. That alone appeared earlier this year to put the kibosh on the deal.

And now public officials, including at UMass, confirm that plans for a soccer stadium at the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site are, in fact, dead.

What might go there next? There is talk of “public input” before anything, if anything, is decided. Stay tuned.