The San Diego Sockers and the Dallas Sidekicks have come under new ownership and will be treated as new franchises in the 1991-92 season, Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman announced yesterday.
Foreman also said the Wichita Wings, who had to meet a 5,000 season ticket sale deadline by 5 p.m. yesterday, reached their goal and are ready to show a letter of credit. Foreman also said the Tacoma Stars are approximately 2,600 season tickets from their goal of 4,000, which they must meet by July 29.
"Tacoma advised the league today that it is prepared to put a letter of credit up," Foreman said in a teleconference.
The new owners of the Sockers are Oscar Ancira Sr. and his son Oscar Jr. who own Delimex, a Mexican frozen food company; lTC VAMSA, the largest investment group in Mexico; and Alejandro Burillo, executive vice president of the Televisa group, which deals with American television affiliates.
The Dallas-based companies of Milton & Weyand and Events, Inc. will split ownership of the Sidekicks. Milton & Weyand, which will own 80 percent of the Sidekicks, is a conglomerate that deals in real estate; Events, Inc. is a sports marketing firm.
In response to determining the number of teams in the MSL for the 1991-92 season, Foreman said "until I have letters of credit in my hand, I will not tell the size of the league.
"Everybody in this league will go along with seven, eight or nine teams in the league. That is my belief," he said.
All teams must show a letter of credit to the league by July 29.
The Buffalo Stallions chose to wait until the 1992-93 season to rejoin the MSL. Foreman said they will be considered a new franchise upon entrance to the league.