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U.S. WOMEN'S TEAM CATCHES THE EYE OF KIXX PRESIDENT TEPPER

          Sunday's stop of the U.S. women's national soccer
     teams' Toys 'R' Us Victory Tour at Continental Arena in East
     Rutherford, NJ, drew 14,525 fans, the "biggest crowd" of the
     tour "so far" (Tara Sullivan, Bergen RECORD, 11/15).  U.S.
     team member Michelle Akers, on the tour: "Part of the tour
     is to involve more of the corporate sponsors and to keep the
     team and women's soccer in the view of the public in the
     hopes of building this professional league." The crowds
     attending the matches "have mostly" ranged from 7,000-
     10,000, which promoters call "good showings for indoor
     events on a tour that would have been unthinkable for the
     team two years ago" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/15).  Saturday's match
     at the First Union Spectrum drew 11,544 fans and in
     Philadelphia, Kevin Mulligan reported NPSL Kixx Owner Ed
     Tepper was "so impressed" that "after the game, he said he
     plans to pursue the possibility of signing one or two of the
     women."  Tepper: "I'm more than curious now.  I wasn't sure
     what I'd see from these girls indoors, but I thought it was
     great soccer" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/15).    
          ACCOLADES: Glamour magazine has named the U.S. women's
     soccer team among its '99 Women of the Year (Glamour). 

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