Tickets will go on sale today for local closed-circuit telecasts of the World Cup Soccer games.
Most of the Washington-area telecasts, beginning June 1, will be at DAR Constitution Hall. Some games, including the June 25 final, will be shown at the Warner Theater.
The U.S. telecasts are being sponsored by Magna Verde, a division of the Spanish International Network. "We'll need to gross about $3 million on the telecasts to break even," said Fred Landman, vice president of Magna Verde. "We expect to double that figure if the American (soccer) exposition we've heard so much about these four years is there."
When Magna Verde televised the 1970 and 1974 World Cups on a closed-circuit basis, Landman estimated, U.S. audiences were 95 percent foreigners.
Of the 38 games this year, 26 will be televised in 40 cities throughoug the country. Inmost countries, all the games are televised.
The San Jose Earthquakes have set some sort of unofficial record their first seven games this season. All seven went into overtime, five had to be decided by shootouts when neither team scored during overtime, and San Jose lost four.
The Quakes are 1-4 in shootouts and 2-0 in games that ended in overtime. By contrast, the Washington Diplomats have played only three overtime games in two seasons.
Six teams from four countries will tour the United States this month, playing exihibition matches against North American Soccer League teams.
The international teams are VFB Stuttgart, Hibernian of Scotland, the Cuban national squad and three from England - Norwich City, Blackpool and Manchester United, perhaps the most famous team in the world.
Manchester United will play May 28 in Tampa Bay and May 30 in Tulsa. Other NASL teams participating are Fort Lauderdale, San Jose, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. One of the Fort Lauderdale games will be played in Atlanta and all others will be played in the NASL club's home stadium.
Although he's not about to challenge Lou Gehrig (2,130 straight games Bruce Wilson, defender for the Chicago Sting, has become the NASL's No. 1 iron man.
Wilson played in his 97th consecutive game, during which he has not missed a minute, last week in Seattle. He was presented with the ball from that game at the Sting's home opener against the Minnesota Kicks.
The Cosmos continue to sign players as if they are playing Monopoly.
The latest is Guiseppe Wilson, defender-midfielder from Lazio of Italy. If the team name sounds familiar, Lazio is Giorgio Chinaglia's former team and it seems likely that Wilson was signed at Chinaglia's behest.
Chinaglia continues to lead the league in scoring for 17 points. He is followed by Jeff Bourne of Dallas, whose two goals against the Dips gave him seven to go with one assist for 15 points. San Diego's Peter Anderson has tow hat tricks and 13 points.
The Cosmos are now the league's only undefeated team with a 5-0 record. They have outscored opponents by a margin of 17-3. Including the 1977 playoffs, they have won 11 straight contests.