RFK Stadium in Washington is confirmed as MLS Cup 2000 site.By Robert Wagman
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, February 24, 2000) -- What was generally known was confirmed yesterday when Major League Soccer confirmed MLS Cup 2000 would be held at RFK Stadium here.
MLS wanted to place the October 15 title match in Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, but a conflict with a University of South Florida football game the previous night led league officials to look elsewhere. Though the college game eventually was moved, by then negotiations with the D.C, Sports Commission had reached the point of no return.
RFK hosted MLS's second championship contest, with 57,431 turning out in the rain to watch the stadium's tenant D.C. United win the crown. United has won three of the first four MLS titles.
Ironically, United's lease with RFK has expired. Negotiations continue to work a deal for the upcoming MLS season, which starts in a month, and possibly additional years.
MLS Cup 2001 will be played in Columbus, Ohio, with Tampa the leading candidate for the 2002 event.
Chicago adds Agogo
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire added spring training standout Manuel (Junior) Agogo, 20, as a discovery player.
The Ghanian-born British citizen, who was signed by Sheffield Wednesday of the English Premier League in 1995 impressed in the preseason, scoring a goal and adding an assist in three matches against MLS teams and Tuesday assisted one goal in a 3-0 victory over Mexican club Tapatio.
"Junior is a good young talent with lots of potential," Chicago coach Bob Bradley said. "He is a physical specimen who has some good skills but still has a lot to learn. He showed well at spring training, and some of his better attributes are his strength and his pace. His last four-to-five years, playing with Sheffield Wednesday reserves, as well as being loaned out to other lower-division English clubs have given him some good training and good experience."
Agogo has been mentioned as possibly being part of a three-way trade that would allow Chicago to acquire striker Hristo Stoichkov, if MLS can come to terms with the Bulgarian star..
The 6-foot, 180-pound striker made his English Premier League debut one week after his 18th birthday, coming on as a sub at St. James Park during a 2-1 Wednesday defeat at Newcastle United on opening day of the 1997-98 season. He spent that 1995-96 campaign with Wednesday's youth team, racking-up 18 goals.
The next year, he returned to the youth squad and scored 19 goals.
During the 1997-98 season, Agogo graduated to Wednesday's reserve team and scored 20 goals. He finally made the jump to the first team and appeared in seven Premier League fixtures during the 1998-99 campaign, scoring one goal.
During the 1999 season he was loaned to several English clubs appearing with Oldham (three goals in five games), Chester City (seven goals in nine games) and with Chesterfield and Lincoln City. He was again part of Sheffield Wednesday's squad during the current 1999-2000 season.
"I'm happy to have signed and be a part of MLS and the Chicago Fire," Agogo said. "With my family moving to the United States, it is ideal that I could hook up with a club in MLS. I can't wait for the season to start, and the lads have really welcomed me into the team. I feel a part of the Chicago Fire family."
The Fire drew 0-0 with Chivas this morning at the Mexican club's training ground in Guadalajara. The result put the Fire's preseason record at 3-1-1, 1-0-1 in Mexico.
Wizards ink Trinidadian Glasgow
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Wizards signed forward Gary Glasgow as a discovery pick.
A 23-year-old native of Trinidad & Tobago, Glasgow spent the 1999 season with the Richmond Kickers of the A-League where he started 28 matches and had 13 goals and seven assists,
"I first saw Gary (Glasgow) a number of years ago, and then in the A-League when he played against my Milwaukee Rampage," K.C. coach Bob Gansler said. "He scored then and has been scoring since with New Orleans, Richmond and the Trinidad national Team. He's a goal scorer with a forte to create these goals himself. Gary is very quick with the ball and off the ball and has the ability in the box to create his own opportunities. He will be a great complement to the forwards we already have."
In 1998, Glasgow tallied 15 goals and four assists for the New Orleans Storm. He was named to the All-Star team.
Rapids add TV partner
DENVER -- The Colorado Rapids and KTVD-TV (UPN-20) announced a three-game package for the 2000 season, putting the Rapids on local broadcast television for the first time. The three games on UPN-20 also mean the Rapids will televise all 16 road games this season for the first time in club history.
The three games on UPN-20, along with 12 on Fox Sports Net (Rocky Mountain) and one on ESPN, cover every Rapids road match. Additionally, three Rapids home games will be aired on ESPN or espn2.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be with KTVD," Rapids general manager Dan Counce said. "We felt it was crucial to give every Rapids fan a chance to see every game, either by coming to the stadium or on television."