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WINSTON-SALEM AN MLS DEACON? RFK-LITE IN NATION'S CAPITAL?
Published August 7, 1998
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).