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U.S. SOCCER FORMS COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE WOMEN'S PRO LEAGUE

          U.S. Soccer President Alan Rothenberg has appointed a
     seven-person committee to study the development of women's
     professional soccer in the U.S.  The Women's Professional
     Soccer Development Committee will analyze and develop
     strategies to help grow the sport in the U.S. and will be in
     charge of implementing the ground work for an eventual
     women's professional soccer league in the U.S.  The seven-
     member committee will be chaired by Dr. Bob Contingulia, who
     serves on the WWC Board of Directors and is a member of the
     USSF National Board of Directors.  Other members are: David
     Askinas, member of the USSF National Board of Directors;
     Bill Goaziou, member of WWC Board of Directors; Sunil
     Gulati, MLS Deputy Commissioner and member of WWC Board of
     Directors; Mary Harvey-Capobianco, member of USSF National
     Board of Directors Exec Committee; Pam Kopple, USSF Women's
     Development Special Committee Chair and Marla Messing, WWC
     '99 Organizing Committee President & COO (U.S. Soccer).
          ONE VOTE: USA TODAY's Jerry Langdon writes that "there
     should be first-division [women's] soccer now.  And work
     should begin now on such a league for immediately after the
     1999 World Cup."  Langdon notes the new U.S. Soccer study
     committee and writes, "U.S. Soccer was not behind the
     earlier, failed attempt by National Soccer Alliance.  Its
     active participation is long overdue" (USA TODAY, 3/19).

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