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SBD/17/Leagues Governing Bodies
A RESTRUCTURING OF THE APSL IS ANNOUNCED
Published January 17, 1995
The APSL is set with seven teams for '95 after owners accepted an application for a New York franchise, and the Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. teams withdrew from the league. The league will operate with five holdover teams from last year: Colorado, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The other team is the expansion Atlanta Ruckus. Ft. Lauderdale's withdrawal was expected, but L.A.'s was a surprise. L.A. Owner William De La Pena said he withdrew "because of the confusion that exists in professional soccer" and said he will retain L.A.'s territorial rights and assets and compete at the highest level in '96 (Roscoe Nance, USA TODAY, 1/16).