No longer does Alan Rothenberg have to convince people that he is running a real, live soccer league.
Rothenberg, the chairman of Major League Soccer, announced March 31, 1996, as the start date for the league and filled out the roster of 10 teams at a news conference Tuesday."I would hope now that there would be no skepticism about whether we are going to have a league or not," Rothenberg said.
Dallas, Denver and Kansas City were announced as the final franchise cities, with Dallas replacing Chicago.
The 10 teams will be divided into two conferences - Dallas; Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., in the West, and Boston; Columbus, Ohio; New York-New Jersey, Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C. in the East.
Each team will play 32 games, with most on the weekends, and the championship game scheduled for Oct. 20 at a neutral site.
Each team will have a salary cap of $1.13 million, with 75 percent of the 18-player rosters to be filled by Americans.