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SOURCES SAY MLS WON'T BE HUMMING "SWEET HOME, CHICAGO,"

     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).
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