This was where Kristie Mewis’s uncle worked for 41 years. He was the Patriot’s equipment manager, the longest tenured employee in franchise history.
Don Brocher died in January of leukemia.
On Saturday, his niece gave him a most fitting tribute.
Mewis scored in the third minute as the US women defeated South Korea, 4-1, at Gillette Stadium.
There were 13,035 in the crowd, including more than 60 friends and family members of Mewis.
“I wish [my uncle] was here to see me play here,” Mewis said, glancing around the stadium where Brocher was a part of three Super Bowl teams. “But I know he was here tonight.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.