THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY JANUARY 31

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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY  
 

January 31, 
1967-The National Professional Soccer League awards a Boston franchise to a group headed by Boston Celtics Vice President Red Auerbach and Boston Red Sox Vice President Dick O'Connell. The team will play at Fenway Park starting in 1968.

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1974-The North American Soccer League awards an expansion franchise to Denver.

1980-The New York Cosmos transfer Dennis Tueart to Manchester City for $345,000.

1981-Mark Liveric scores with two seconds remaining to give the Baltimore Blast a 6-5 win over the Phoenix Inferno at the Baltimore Civic Center.

1982-Stan Terlecki scores three goals and Gary Allison makes 16 saves as the Pittsburgh Spirit post the first shutout in franchise history, 11-0 over the Philadelphia Fever at the Civic Arena.

1985-Reports surface that the North American Soccer League and United Soccer League are in merger talks.

1998-Buffalo's Doug Miller scores three points to reach the 500 point plateau in the Blizzard's 19-11 win over Kansas City.

2008- Lorrie Fair, a member of the United States' Women's World Cup championship team, joins the Chelsea Ladies team.

2008- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announces that the state will provide $47 million toward the development of the Chester waterfront. The funding pledge includes $25 million specifically for a 20,000 seat soccer stadium, should an MLS franchise be awarded.

2013- After asking to be let out of the final year of his MLS contract, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham signs a six month contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

2014- Sydney Leroux scores the only goal to give the United States Women's National Team a 1-0 victory over Canada in at Toyota Stadium. The crowd of 20,862 is the largest to see the USWNT on U.S. soil since 2003.

2016- Steve Birnbaum  sets up the  equalizer and then scores a last-minute winner as the United States  twice rallies from a deficit to beat Iceland, 3-2, at the StubHub Center.


2017- Major League Soccer announces 12 ownership groups and markets have submitted applications for the leagues next round of expansion. MLS will add four teams, increasing to 28 teams. Cities submitting applications:  Charlotte , Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis,  Nashville,  Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento,  San Antonio San Diego, Tampa/St. Petersburg.

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