Tickets for second MLS Cup going fast More than 56,000 expected to jam RFK for title game

October 17, 1997|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the second MLS Cup game at RFK Stadium in Washington at 3: 30 p.m. on Oct. 26. If you haven't seen an MLS game, this would be a great way to start.

With D.C. United trying for its second consecutive Cup, league officials expect RFK to be a 56,000-plus sellout by as early as Monday.

United is 25-11 overall -- league play plus playoffs. If you like attacking, one-touch soccer, put that Washington-thing aside; this team's worth the ticket. United's surprise opponent from the MLS West, the Colorado Rapids, is easily the league's most-improved team. The game will have at least a dozen players -- eight on United -- with international experience.

Plus, RFK is a colorful, fun experience when the drum-beating, bouncing, singing Barra Brava section and its cohorts throughout the stadium are in form. Tickets can be ordered by phone through any TicketMaster office or by calling 202-432-SEAT.

Reinhardt awarded MVP

The new Eastern Indoor Soccer League's first Most Valuable Player award went to Billy Reinhardt, who has been squeezing out a living from soccer since graduating in 1989 from Patterson.

Reinhardt, 26, got the honor playing for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Scorpions, whose players, most of them just out of college, called him "the Silver Fox." Despite a midseason right-ankle injury fixed by recent surgery, Reinhardt was the summer league's fifth-leading scorer with 27 goals and 17 assists.

Reinhardt returns to the National Professional Soccer League with the Buffalo Blizzard this winter. His resume includes three other NPSL seasons, 1992-94 with the Baltimore Spirit and 1994-95 with the Harrisburg Heat.

Women's Cup bids come late

Four months late, Columbus, Ohio, was granted a chance last week to bid on becoming a site for the 1999 Women's World Cup, being played in the United States.

Reason No. 1 is a new soccer-only stadium seating 30,000 scheduled to open then in one of two small communities in Columbus' suburban "soccer belt."

Reason No. 2 is that after taxpayers rejected paying for the stadium, magnate Lamar Hunt, the longtime American pro soccer angel whose family operates two MLS franchises, committed recently to paying for it. The family-owned Columbus Crew will be the primary tenant.

The bid by this "little city that could" will replace one filed by the Los Angeles Coliseum, which, as it turns out, is being renovated yet again in 1999. Eleven stadiums -- including one in Maryland, Landover's Jack Kent Cooke Stadium -- are still hoping to be among five or six to be named next month.

In May, Baltimore proved a big city with two stadiums that couldn't in high-profile Women's World Cup. Qualifying has begun.

The Maryland Stadium Authority and the Ravens were invited to bid, also late. But they passed, saying Cup organizers' June deadline was too challenging because of the push to open the new, taxpayer-funded Ravens stadium in time for the 1998 NFL season.

MLS honors 5 from United

Not only was D.C. United coach Bruce Arena named MLS Coach of the Year, four United players were named league all-stars: MLS's top goal-scorer Jaime Moreno, playmaker Marco Etcheverry, and defenders Jeff Agoos and Eddie Pope.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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