Tacoma's Weller up in air about tickets

July 25, 1991|By Sandra McKee

Tacoma coach Keith Weller's situation is much like that of the Major Soccer League today -- up in the air.

Weller is perched 40 feet above the parking lot at the Tacoma Mall. He is camping out on a five-foot by eight-foot platform for five days, encouraging indoor soccer fans to buy season tickets.

"I'm up here trying to sell a thousand season tickets by Sunday night," said Weller, who was reached above the city on his cellular telephone. "We don't know how it will go, but I'm game to try this. It was either me or our general manager and he said it would be more beneficial if I did it, because he wouldn't."

The Stars ownership has said the franchise has until the end of this month to sell 4,000 season tickets or the team won't be back in the MSL.

Yesterday, while Weller was above it all, the MSL owners met in Chicago.

"We've put together an overall approach to things for the coming season," said MSL commissioner Earl Foreman. "We hope to present a detailed, optimistic view by Aug. 1."

Representatives from seven teams attended the meeting: Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Tacoma and Wichita. Only St. Louis, whose owner Milan Manderic is in Spain, and Kansas City, which folded last week and is currently trying to reorganize, were not represented.

"We've given Dallas and Kansas City until Aug. 1 to finalize their situations," said Foreman. "Dallas is having a telethon over the weekend to encourage season ticket sales and should have a handle on their situation Monday."

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