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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1967-The U.S. Soccer Football Association says it will sanction the National Professional Soccer League and that plans for a merger with the United Soccer Association are moving forward.
1969-St. Louis scores four times in the second half to capture its seventh NCAA title with a 4-0 win over the University of San Francisco at Spartan Stadium.
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1971-The NASL says a group from Baltimore has applied for an expansion franchise for the 1972 season.
1977-Former New York Cosmos coach Ken Furphy is named coach of the Detroit Express.
1979-Ricky Davis scores two goals as the United States defeats Bermuda 5-0 in an Olympic Qualifier at Lockhart Stadium.
1979-The American Soccer League awards an expansion team for the 1981 season to Charlotte, N.C.
1980-Oscar Fabbiani nets the overtime game winner as the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeat the Chicago Sting 12-11, at the Bayfront Center, setting an NASL indoor record for most goals in a game.
1984-The United Soccer League's Oklahoma City Stampede announces it will move to Tulsa.
1990-Thompson Usiyan registers his third hat trick of the season as the St. Louis Storm beat the Dallas Sidekicks 6-5.
1997 - Joe Reiniger scores two three point goals to lead the St. Louis Ambush to an 18-13 win over the Philadelphia KiXX before 10,447 fans at The Spectrum.
1998-Jason Willan scores six goals and has two assists for a team-record 15 points to lead the Milwaukee Wave to a 37-5 thrashing of the Cleveland Crunch at the Bradley Center.
1998-Danielle Fotopoulos scores the only goal, giving the Florida Gators a 1-0 win over North Carolina for their first NCAA women's championship.
2001-Major League Soccer says its owners have committed to operating the league through 2006, but is considering the possibility of contracting by at least two teams.
2009-Jessica McDonald scores in the third minute as North Carolina beats previously undefeated Stanford 1-0 to capture their 20th NCAA championship in front of 8,536 fans at rain soaked Aggie Stadium.
2011- Robbie Keane converts two penalty kicks during regulation, but the LA Galaxy still need a tiebreaker to defeat Melbourne Victory in the final game of their Pacific tour.
2015-Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace score in the opening seven minutes to spark the Portland Timbers to a 2-1 MLS Cup win over Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium.
2016- After scoring 23 goals, New York City FC striker David Villa is named MVP of Major League Soccer.
2016-The Tampa Bay Rowdies and the newly re-branded North Carolina Football Club say they hope to join Major League Soccer in the future.