SBD/17/Leagues Governing Bodies

A RESTRUCTURING OF THE APSL IS ANNOUNCED

     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).
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