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U.S. CUP NOT MEASURING UP TO WORLD CUP; MLS' CHALLENGES
Published June 14, 1995
"A lackluster and underfunded promotional campaign handled by U.S. Soccer" made it difficult to produce a crowd larger than the 22,578 who turned out for the U.S./Nigeria U.S. Cup game on Sunday, according to Gus Martins in the BOSTON HERALD. Foxboro Stadium Manager Brian O'Donovan thought the "spirit" of the crowd made up for the low attendance. O'Donovan: "It wasn't a disaster, but it was a little disappointing" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/13). O'Donovan also commented in the BOSTON GLOBE that these type of events require a "buzz at the grassroots level" to make them successful and he is optimistic MLS will have that kind of attention (Frank Dell'Apa, BOSTON GLOBE, 6/13). But in Philadelphia, Bob Ford writes that MLS will suffer by starting its season "in the deep shadow cast" by the '96 Olympic Games (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/11).