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MLS NABS FORMER APSL FRANCHISE OWNER
Published December 13, 1994
In a stock sale agreement yesterday, MLS acquired the San Francisco Blackhawks from owner Daniel Van Voorhis. The agreement not only allows MLS to acquire the team, but also the long-term rights to Spartan Stadium in San Jose. In exchange for the sale, Van Voorhis becomes a limited partner in MLS. The Blackhawks join the league after having last played in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL) in '92. San Jose is one of eight cities already designated to be site of inaugural MLS play in '96, joining Boston, Chicago, Columbus, OH, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Tampa and Washington, DC. MLS Chair Alan Rothenberg was pleased about the agreement: "I am gratified the MLS and Mr. Van Voorhis have agreed to work together. The Blackhawks have done a good job in helping focus attention on the need for a Division I outdoor league in America and we know that soccer fans in that region will support MLS" (MLS).