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By Sandra McKee | May 3, 1991
San Diego Sockers goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, who set a league record with 31 victories, has been named the 1990-91 Major Soccer League's Most Valuable Player.The award is given annually to the player considered most valuable to his team during the regular season and is selected by 16 media representatives, two from each of the MSL's eight cities.Nogueira -- whose Sockers are awaiting the start of the MSL championship series May 10 against the winner of the Eastern Division final between Kansas City and Cleveland -- received 45 of a possible 80 points, including seven first-place votes.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
Two estranged organizations sparring over rights to start the nation's first women's pro soccer league got engaged yesterday, veering onto a new, common course toward a marriage of, at least, convenience. The inexperienced, but wealthy and, thus far, shrewd Women's United Soccer Association, founded by Bethesda cable TV mogul John S. Hendricks, and 5-year-old Major League Soccer, the more seasoned, but financiallystressed, media-craving men's league, announced their intended union in a national teleconference.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | August 6, 1991
Let's just call the MSL the "Maybe" Soccer League.The Major Soccer League avoided another collision with oblivion yesterday, when players association executive director John Kerr and MSL commissioner Earl Foreman came to a verbal agreement 10 minutes before Foreman was to meet with his directors to fold the league."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 9, 1996
Never let it be said that professional soccer's major leagues don't work in harmony.Two of them, the National Professional Soccer League and Major League Soccer, which will begin its inaugural season this spring, will share players under a contractual agreement. When the NPSL indoor season ends in April, some players will join MLS outdoor teams."With the launching of MLS, fans can watch soccer at the highest level year-round," said NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos.More than 50 NPSL players, with the league's blessing, have been invited to an MLS scouting combine this week in Irvine, Calif.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | October 17, 1991
The Major Soccer League headquarters will be moving to Baltimore Nov. 15, setting up shop in the Bank of Baltimore building on Baltimore Street.MSL commissioner Earl Foreman will be in town for the Blast's season opener Saturday, to help play host to Graham Walker, Roy Redman and Richard Calicutt, three men actively involved in sports in Great Britain. They, along with the Blast's Ed Hale and Kenny Cooper, will discuss the possible expansion of Sheffield and Birmingham to the MSL.* The Dallas Sidekicks signed former Blast midfielder/defender Richard Chinapoo yesterday, leaving them with one roster spot still available.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
Expansion is the word, and the Major Soccer League is extending feelers in as many directions as it can, in an attempt to grow before the start of next season.Yesterday, Norm Sonju, chief executive officer of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and chief executive officer of the MSL's Dallas Sidekicks, said he has spearheaded an expansion drive to other NBA owners, who own their own buildings.Sonju said he thinks at least one new franchise will come out of NBA ownership this season and has hopes for as many as three.
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By BILL FREE | February 10, 1991
Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale said last week that he will propose scheduling changes in the Major Soccer League that would have the most far-reaching effects in the 13-year history of the league.Hale said his proposals will come Tuesday at the league meetings in Kansas City, Mo., and would result in "37 changes that will make the product less diluted and more action-packed."Hale would not be specific about the changes except to say they would "affect every aspect of league operations."Hale is chairman of the MSL player relations committee and a member of the league expansion committee.
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By Bill Free | February 12, 1991
Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman said yesterday that a major investor has withdrawn from a Pittsburgh group that is attempting to put together an MSL expansion franchise for the 1991-92 season.Foreman said the loss of that major investor has slowed down the timetable for an official announcement that Pittsburgh will join the eight-team league."I hope and I believe that in 60 days we'll have a report from our directors (MSL board of directors) that Pittsburgh is in the MSL," said Foreman.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 19, 1992
The Major Soccer League was to hold a conference call among its owners today, after which commissioner Earl Foreman was expected to announce what will happen for the league's 1992-93 season.The MSL has been scrambling to stay afloat, since the Tacoma Stars closed their doors two weeks ago. Insiders have speculated the MSL is considering various options, which include operating as is, taking a one-year sabbatical, developing an indoor-outdoor format, or ceasing operation.The MSL received another blow yesterday, when an ownership group in Buffalo announced it will join the National Professional Soccer League in the fall.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | July 23, 1991
Owners and prospective owners in the Major Soccer League will meet in Chicago tomorrow to determine the state of the league.Blast owner Ed Hale said yesterday he does not see the future of the league, currently comprised of seven teams, in jeopardy."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 14, 1992
Blast coach Kenny Cooper, a prospective new owner for an indoor soccer team in Baltimore and National Professional Soccer League commissioner Steve Paxos will meet here this afternoon to discuss the option of joining the NPSL and keeping the game alive in Baltimore."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 9, 1992
Blast vice president Drew Forrester will schedule the team's Baltimore Arena dates for the Major Soccer League's 1992-93 season today, but the MSL's future remains uncertain.The owners may talk again Monday. In the meantime, MSL commissioner Earl Foreman remained in St. Louis where he has been since Monday, trying to keep the St. Louis Storm alive as the sixth team the MSL needs to continue.Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Ron Weinstein, former vice president ofthe MSL's now-defunct Los Angeles Lazers, announced the formation of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.
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By Bill Tanton | July 9, 1992
The Major Soccer League, of which the Blast is a member, should know by tomorrow whether it will continue to operate in the coming season. If the St. Louis Storm stays in, the season is on.By now Blast owner Ed Hale is frustrated not only from losing money but from dealing with the league's life-and-death crisis that seems to come up every summer.Coach Kenny Cooper and others in the organization hope Hale will stick with it. Drew Forrester, the Blast's director of soccer operations, said at a clinic the team held at Lutheran High yesterday:"Earl Foreman [MSL commissioner]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 30, 1992
The Major Soccer League postponed its play-or-fold decision for another 10 days last night, but it did so with new optimism."In a nutshell, St. Louis is in and there will be an MSL," said Cleveland Crunch owner George Hoffman. "St. Louis has assured us it can come up with the money. We are putting it on hold for 10 days while they straighten out their letter of credit."Hoffman also said an ownership group from Montreal has approached the league about playing this fall.MSL commissioner Earl Foreman would say only that the league is still pursuing a new ownership group in St. Louis and the Mexican All-Star plan proposed by San Diego owner Oscar Anciera Jr., who is to have a written proposal to present at the owners' next meeting.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 26, 1992
In three days, the Major Soccer League will hold an afternoon conference, and commissioner Earl Foreman says he believes league owners will make a final decision about the coming season. Whether that decision will be to continue the league or to close shop is unclear even to the men who will make the decision.Darrell Rolph, managing partner of the Wichita Wings, said stoically: "We're in business until we're not. All I can do is wait and see. In the meantime, we're selling season tickets [3,300 so far]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 26, 1992
In three days, the Major Soccer League will hold an afternoon conference, and commissioner Earl Foreman said he believes league owners will make a final decision about the coming season. Whether that decision will be to continue the league or to close shop is unclear even to the men who will make the decision.Darrell Rolph, managing partner of the Wichita Wings, said stoically: "We're in business until we're not. All I can do is wait and see. In the meantime, we're selling season tickets [3,300 so far]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | March 7, 1991
Once in love with soccer, always in love with soccer, says Bernie Mullin, the former Pittsburgh Pirates vice president who resigned last summer to pursue a Major Soccer League franchise for the city."
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By Sandra McKee | January 21, 1992
Expansion is never far from the lips and dreams of Major Soccer League owners, but in Dallas, Sidekicks owner Don Carter has his staff drawing up a unique blueprint that could be the answer not only to the MSL's expansion problems but the NBA owners' problems with open dates in their own arenas.Carter, of course, also owns the NBA Mavericks. The idea his staff is working on is to show NBA owners, who also own the buildings their teams play in, how owning an MSL team "could be a benefit without detriment" to the NBA team.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | June 20, 1992
The annual summer effort to save the Major Soccer League is on, and this time even Blast owner Ed Hale says the 14-year-old league might not survive.The St. Louis Storm folded yesterday and now there are only five teams left."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 19, 1992
The Major Soccer League will hold a conference call among its owners today, after which commissioner Earl Foreman is expected to announce what will happen for the league's 1992-93 season.The MSL has been scrambling to stay afloat, since the Tacoma Stars closed their doors two weeks ago. Insiders have speculated that the MSL is considering options, which include operating as is, taking a one-year sabbatical, developing an indoor-outdoor format, or ceasing operation.The MSL received another blow yesterday, when an ownership group in Buffalo, N.Y., announced it will join the National Professional Soccer League in the fall.
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