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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER START MIGHT WAIT A YEAR
Published October 26, 1994
Major League Soccer (MLS), "perhaps the best, last hope" for pro soccer in the U.S., might be delayed until April '96. U.S. Soccer Federation President and MLS Chair Alan Rothenberg said yesterday, "The later in the game it gets, the more you have to analyze whether to start in '95 or '96." Rothenberg added a postponement is a "possibility. Everything's a possibility." MLS has had difficulty finding investors for the league, which "probably affected" MLS' efforts to start 12 teams. The number of teams will reportedly be 10, with maybe only 5 of the original 7. Two NY sites have stadium problems and MLS officials are "scrambling to find an alternate site" in NY or NJ. Rothenberg said he is "circulating legal documents" for investors' signatures and hopes to announce them in the next two weeks (Brian Landman, ST. PETE TIMES, 10/26). Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and VA billionaire John Kluge are possible investors (Roscoe Nance, USA TODAY, 10/26).