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U.S. SOCCER FORMS COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE WOMEN'S PRO LEAGUE
Published March 19, 1998
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).