Officials of the American Soccer League are considering moving a franchise to Washington, The Washington Post has learned.
Sources said Jimmy Sorrentino, owner of New York United, is one of the people interested in moving his team here. Sorrentino, who also owns several gasoline stations in New York, recently met with former Washington Diplomat coach Gordon Bradley to discuss the possibility of his team coming here, and a potential front office position with the club.
Bradley declined to comment on the matter and Sorrentino could not be reached for comment. ASL Commissioner Mario Machado, who has been in office just over two months, said, "The league would like very much to have a team in Washington but it would take quite a bit of money and nothing has gone beyond the talking stage."
The Diplomats were put up for sale by Madison Square Garden at the end of the 1980 season.Diplomat President Steve Danzansky could not find a buyer and the club was disbanded.
Sources say ASL officials were not convinced Washington is a good soccer area and they were not optimistic about moving a team here. The United, one of seven teams in the ASL, played its games in Shea Stadium last year.