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Published November 16, 1999
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).