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MLS Title To Be Played in Boston

October 23, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Major League Soccer will return to Foxboro Stadium and the home of the New England Revolution for the 1999 championship game, three years after the inaugural MLS Cup was held there in a torrential downpour.

The selection was a reward for the most dedicated fans in the league, the MLS announced Friday. The Revolution have finished among the top three in attendance in each of the MLS’ first three years, including last season when they led the league.

In 1996, 34,643 turned out for the matchup between D.C. United and Los Angeles after nearly 12 hours of constant rain, including some of the heaviest during the match.

``We cannot say enough about the fans of New England and how they have supported the Revolution and soccer at Foxboro Stadium,″ New England investor-operator Jonathan Kraft said. ``Their enthusiasm made the return of MLS Cup to Foxboro a reality.″

Last year’s title game was played in Washington while D.C. United and the Chicago Fire will face off Sunday in the Rose Bowl in this year’s Cup.

The 2001 championship already has been awarded to the Columbus Crew’s as-yet-unnamed new stadium. No venue has been chosen for the 2000 game.

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