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WINSTON-SALEM AN MLS DEACON? RFK-LITE IN NATION'S CAPITAL?

          Counting on soccer's "rising popularity" in NC, the
     Downtown Winston-Salem Development Corp. "is looking into
     what it would take to lure" an MLS franchise to the area,
     according to Martin Kady of the Winston-Salem JOURNAL.  The
     idea is still in the "early discussions phases," but
     business execs and city leaders will meet with MLS officials
     "some time during the week of" August 17.  In two weeks, MLS
     Exec VP/Business Affairs John Ertmann will visit Winston-
     Salem "to survey the city, talk to local leaders and look at
     possible stadium sites" (Winston-Salem JOURNAL, 8/6).
          RFK-LITE? With one year remaining on DC United's lease
     at RFK Stadium, team and local officials said "they are
     considering building" a $20M soccer-only facility next to
     RFK "to ensure that the team will stay in Washington,"
     according to Amy Shipley of the WASHINGTON POST.  DC Sports
     Commission Exec Dir Jim Dalrymple: "It's something that
     needs to be studied" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/7).

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