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WORLD CUP AFTERSHOCKS HAVE DISSIPATED FOR SOCCER IN THE U.S.
Published June 2, 1995
Soccer in the U.S. "is suffering a post-World Cup letdown" as the lack of a major league or national coach is cultivating "skepticism," according to Jere Longman in this morning's N.Y. TIMES. However, Longman writes that U.S. soccer officials "remain enthusiastic about the future" and point to increased participation, development fund and TV contract from last summer's World Cup. MLS officials say that $50M in financing "is in place" for the league's inaugural season starting next April. USSF Secretary general Hank Steinbrecher, on MLS: "If you're looking at 10,000 people on average to get the product on the shelf, and increasing the market share every year, then the league can be successful" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/2). MLS announces their ninth and tenth investors and cities on Tuesday (MLS).