NPSL likely to expand to Conn., Fla.

September 17, 1994|By Doug Brown

The National Professional Soccer League is likely to have an expansion team in New Haven, Conn., for the 1995-96 season as well as in Jacksonville, Fla., or Tampa, Fla.

The 12-team NPSL has approved the application from the group headed by minor-league baseball owner Bill Collins, former Spirit president and coach Kenny Cooper and sports agent Tony Agnone, which appears headed for Jacksonville or Tampa Bay.

The recent application of the New Haven group, which is headed president Richard Abbate, will be reviewed by the NPSL's board of directors. The team would play in 9,500-seat New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The NPSL has signed a four-year contract with Adidas as the official supplier of practice and game equipment for its teams. It is the most extensive sponsorship program negotiated by the NPSL and includes equipment and rights fees, marketing support and licensing of official Adidas/NPSL products.

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