MSL-NPSL talks produce little hope for merger

May 04, 1991|By Bill Free

The chances of the Major Soccer League and the National Professional Soccer League consolidating appear to be slim after MSL commissioner Earl Foreman, Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale and NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos met Thursday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

"It was a friendly session," Foreman said yesterday. "I think it was constructive for soccer, but I can't say any more than that came out of it. There are no dates for any further meetings. You can draw your own conclusions from that."

Foreman said he agreed to meet with Paxos because "we felt we had an obligation for the sake of the game of soccer."

Foreman indicated that the only common ground the two sides had was that "we're all for the growth and promotion of indoor soccer. I've found out that when you're the more established league [the MSL], it's always easy for the other league [NPSL] to take shots at you."

Hale had proposed that the MSL invite all nine NPSL members to merge with the MSL, but Foreman had speculated that no more than four of the stronger NPSL teams would be invited to join the MSL.

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