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Seattle Lands an MLS Franchise for 2009 Season

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Major League Soccer has granted an expansion franchise to Seattle that will begin play in 2009 and will be primarily owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

"I can confirm that Commissioner Don Garber is going to travel to Seattle for an announcement Tuesday of the expansion of Major League Soccer for the future into the Seattle market," Dan Courtemanche, MLS senior vice president for marketing and communications, said yesterday by phone from league headquarters in New York.

Gary Wright, a spokesman for First and Goal Inc., the subsidiary that operates Qwest Field for Allen's Vulcan Inc., said Allen will be the team's primary owner. He already owns the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, who play at Qwest Field, and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. . . .

Wayne Rooney injured his ankle in training and will be sidelined for about four weeks, ruling him out of England's final European Championship qualifier.

¿ BASEBALL: Omar Vizquel, 40, got his wish to return to the San Francisco Giants.

The 11-time Gold Glove shortstop agreed yesterday to a one-year, $5.3 million contract, a deal that includes a club option that could make it worth $10.2 million over two seasons. . . .

Don Mattingly said he'll wear uniform No. 8 to honor Yogi Berra when he takes over as hitting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, rather than the 23 he wore with the New York Yankees.

Mattingly, 46, said in an interview with New York radio station WFAN that he wanted to "do something different" with his uniform number with the Dodgers. He picked No. 8, which was worn by Berra, the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher.

"He's my man," Mattingly said. "It's for good luck."

¿ COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Virginia senior center Tunji Soroye is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery Thursday, the school announced in a release.


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