Cooper expects to get NPSL expansion team

August 08, 1994|By Doug Brown

A group spearheaded by Kenny Cooper says it expects this week to be awarded a National Professional Soccer League expansion franchise for the 1995-96 season.

Cooper, who stepped down after last season as Spirit coach and then as president and general manager, is backed by Bill Collins, a telecommunications executive in northern Virginia who owns several minor-league baseball teams.

Cooper did not identify the city where the expansion franchise would be located, mentioning Greensboro, N.C.; Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida; Houston and Austin, Texas; and Fairfax, Va., as possibilities.

"It'll depend where we're wanted and where we can negotiate the best deal," Cooper said last night from Bethany, Del., Collins' summer retreat. "Bill wants me to coach again. It'll be a challenge, a new franchise and a new city."

Cooper also denied a report he might coach the NPSL's Wichita Wings next season. Wichita coach Roy Turner, best man at Cooper's wedding, resigned as Wings coach after last season but remains as president.

"I may coach again, but not this season," Cooper said. "Roy and I have always talked about working together, and he approached me about this. But I want ownership, and I plan to take a year off from coaching."

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