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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER START MIGHT WAIT A YEAR

     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).
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