Impresario Marcos predicts another Md. A-League try

Despite Mania's failure, commissioner has eye on team for Germantown


January 15, 2000|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

Francisco Marcos, who controls every minor pro outdoor soccer league in the country, plus the W-League for women and a new youth league for select players, wants to try again in Maryland.

Caught in a Baltimore Convention Center foyer during a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) break, Marcos said that despite the Maryland Mania fiasco of last year, he sees Maryland as ripe for another A-League team.

The United Soccer Leagues president and A-League commissioner predicted a franchise will play in the next year or so at the new soccer complex being built in Germantown, in northern Montgomery County. That facility is to include a small stadium, which could satisfy his A-League's minimum seating requirement of 5,000.

Marcos, it should be noted, equates a Montgomery County presence with having a team in the Baltimore area, which still lacksanything approaching a 5,000-seat public stadium with a grass surface. That was one, although far from the major, problem the Mania couldn't overcome.

He would love to see the Blast get involved, he said, although a more likely owner may be a principal in what Marcos says is the impending sale of Major League Soccer's D.C. United for $25 million to a group of Washington-area investors. United has been on the market for more than a year, but no deal has been closed.

The defunct Mania's investors probably won't soon forget Marcos quipping to them at a Turf Valley Country Club affair: "You want to make a small fortune in soccer? Start with a large fortune."

Waxler active at NSCAA

One of the recurring names in the NSCAA schedule that wraps up tomorrow is that of Columbian Louise Waxler.

Entering her fifth year as an NSCAA director, Waxler represents girls youth organizations and chairs the group's women's soccer committee. The latter unit presented its first award of excellence yesterday to April Heinrichs, former Maryland women's coach now at Virginia.

The award, underwritten by the Washington Area Girls Soccer organization, means that a donation of about $5,000 goes to the recipient's favorite soccer-related charity.

"We want to honor an individual, regardless of gender, who proactively helps the women's game," Waxler said.

She also ran the annual WAGS tournament -- one of the nation's biggest college-recruiting showcases -- in October. That, in addition to directing another high-profile tournament for college aspirants, the Columbia Invitational, each Memorial Day weekend for the past dozen years.

Waxler also founded the annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer fund-raiser played at College Park and is deputy director of U.S. Youth Soccer's Region 1B, encompassing teams in the Middle Atlantic.

Other local participants on the NSCAA schedule for various events included youth players who took part in clinics, and two more Columbians, Lincoln Phillips and Mike Curry, both former goalkeepers.

Phillips played internationally for his native Trinidad and has coached at Howard and Virginia Commonwealth universities. He was one of the founders of the Soccer Association of Columbia in the new town's earliest days, as well as the Black Soccer Coaches Association. Curry, an active youth coach for SAC, was on NSCAA's agenda with several Black Soccer Coaches Association functions.

Pub Date: 1/15/00

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