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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1967-Federal Judge Sylvester J. Ryana schedules hearing ordering U.S. Soccer Federation to show cause why they should not end their ban of the National Professional Soccer League.
1967-The owners of the Pittsburgh Phantoms fail to post a bond for the 1968 season, and say they will likely merge with another club if the NPSL's merger with the USA comes to fruition.
1976-The Hartford Bicentennials announce they are negotiating to move to either New Britain or New Haven.
1978-The New York Arrows sign Shep Messing to the first Major Indoor Soccer League player contract.
1978-Giorgio Chinaglia and Seninho score, but the New York Cosmos fall to Boca Juniors 4-2 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
1979-The Fort Lauderdale Strikers relieve Ron Newman of his coaching duties and offer him a front office position.
1980-The Washington Diplomats pick up their third win of their Asian tour, 2-1 over a Japanese All-Star team in Shimizu.
1983-The San Diego Sockers rout the New York Cosmos 14-5 in front of a team record 11,334 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1984-Gerry Gray and Pato Margetic each score two goals to led the Chicago Sting to a 7-4 win over the Kansas City Comets in their home opener in front of 14,444 at Chicago Stadium.
1988-Turner Broadcasting announces it has purchased the U.S. television rights to the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
1988-Soccer Vision, Corp., is granted the American Soccer League's first expansion franchise for the South Jersey-Philadelphia market, commencing play in 1990.
1988-The Kansas City Comets' Greg Ion scores in overtime to hand his former team, the Los Angeles Lazers, their first loss of the season, 6-5 at The Forum.
1988-The U.S. National team falls 7-6 on penalty kicks to Chivas de Guadalajara after twice coming back to tie the score at 2-2 at Santa Ana Stadium.
1996-13,545 fans see the first NPSL game in Edmonton, a 19-9 win by the Kansas City Attack over the Drillers at the Edmonton Coliseum.
1996- Dennis Brose's six goals and two assists for 16 points help the Detroit Rockers beat Toronto 27-12 at Joe Louis Arena.
1997-Jamie Swanner saves 36 of 43 shots and Steve Kuntz scores two goals and adds seven points in the St. Louis Ambush's 22-12 win over the Montreal Impact at the Kiel Center.
1997-Brian McBride scores two goals as the United States defeats El Salvador in a World Cup qualifier at Foxboro Stadium.
2002-Don D'Ambra and Kevin Sloan each score a pair of goals as the Philadelphia KiXX defeat the Cleveland Force 13-11 at The Spectrum
2007- Denison Cabral scores twice for the Baltimore Blast, who remain undefeated with a 12-9 win over Monterrey La Ra Za at 1st Mariner Arena.
2007-Red Bull New York purchases AEG's 50 percent interest in the development of Red Bull Park, a 25,000 seat soccer-specific facility under construction in Harrison, N.J.
2008- North Korea equalizes with 13 minutes remaining in the game, then Jang Hyon Sun scores in the 13th minute of overtime for a 2-1 win over the United States in the championship game of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in front of a crowd of 16,162 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
2010-Ending several weeks of uncertainty, Women's Professional Soccer announces its slate of teams for the 2011 season--the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Sky Blue FC, Philadelphia Independence, Washington Freedom, and a Western New York expansion team will compete in 2011. The Chicago Red Stars are granted an extension while seeking investors, and the league announces FC Gold Pride will cease operations.
2010- MLS commissioner Don Garber says a second team in the New York metropolitan area is the focus of the league's expansion plan to increase the league to 20 teams, during his annual state of the league conference call.
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