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WUSA to Have First All-Star Game

July 29, 2002

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Women’s United Soccer Association announced Monday it will hold its inaugural All-Star game Sept. 21 in Portland.

Portland, which does not have a WUSA franchise, beat out several other cities, including those with franchises, for the right to stage the event. The WUSA is an eight-team league currently in its second season.

``The WUSA wants to market itself nationally,″ WUSA commissioner Tony DiCicco said. ``It’s a great opportunity for us to have one of our big events, really the No. 2 event in our season behind our Founder’s Cup championship game, and spread the word and to show our form of entertainment in other soccer hotbeds around the country.″

DiCicco, who was accompanied at the news conference announcing the event by former University of Portland stars Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, also said Portland is being considered for a possible expansion franchise.

The game, which will take place more than a month after the championship game, will be North vs. South.

``We want it to be a competitive game, but we also want it to be a showcase of our level of play,″ DiCicco said. ``We are going to bring maybe the best game that will be played in 2002 to Portland because we are going to have all our stars here.″

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