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SOURCES SAY MLS WON'T BE HUMMING "SWEET HOME, CHICAGO,"
Published June 5, 1995
Sources say that Chicago -- one of MLS original seven cities -- will not be one of the 10 franchises to begin play in MLS next year, according to Phil Hersh in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Chicago "was dropped because of problems in finding an adequate stadium and local investor interest." Hersh reports that both Denver and Dallas will be included among the ten franchises. Speculation last week had only one of those cities being chosen. Also on the list: New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Tampa Bay, Columbus, San Jose and Kansas City (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/4). In Phoenix, Mark Armijo examines whether MLS wasted "a wonderful window of opportunity by not beginning this spring." Armijo questioned MLS' strategy of trying to sign the top U.S. players with teams having budgets of only $1.3-$1.5M for 18 players (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/4). OTHER FOOT NOTES: FIFA officials last week announced they would choose either South Korea or Japan to host the 2002 World Cup early next year, and not June '96 as planned. Simon Kuper writes, "The earlier the better for Japan: South Korea's bid is thought to be at a less advanced stage" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/3- 4)....The Women's World Cup, opening this week in Stockholm, Sweden, "might play just as big a role" in the development of U.S. Soccer as last summer's mens World Cup, according to the HARTFORD COURANT's Jerry Trecker. Trecker writes that "because half of U.S. youth soccer players are female, the marketing potential for the team is huge, especially if it can bring home a World Cup" (HARTFORD COURANT/NEWSDAY, 6/4).