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Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Soccer
Notebook: DiCicco contends WUSA can return

By The Associated Press

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NEW YORK — The Women's United Soccer Association could return in a year or two, using a more modest business plan devised to cut costs, former league commissioner Tony DiCicco said yesterday.

DiCicco and several other soccer officials met Monday and yesterday in New York with consultants, as well as prospective sponsors and owners, to draft a plan that could relaunch the league. The WUSA folded in September after losing $100 million in three years.

"It would be much less of a commitment than the original group investors made," DiCicco said. "There would be less expenditures, less revenue and a more realistic budget."

DiCicco has been chairman of the WUSA's reorganization effort.

The league has tried to keep itself in the public eye, staging two weekend "festivals" involving eight teams last month in Minnesota and Los Angeles.

"Getting on the field last month was a big step," DiCicco said. "The next big step is to get potential owners in the room, present them with this plan, let them tweak it, and then the next step after that is to get owners on board."

The former U.S. coach said the plan will be put into a final form and presented to about four to six potential owners within 60 days.

Argentina advances

LIMA, Peru — Argentina beat defending champion Colombia 3-0 last night and advanced to the final of Copa America for the first time since 1993.

Carlos Tevez scored in the 32nd minute, Luis Gonzalez connected in the 50th and Juan Pablo Sorin added the third goal on a header with nine minutes left.
 
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"Only rarely have we played better," Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa said.

In Sunday's final, Argentina will play either Brazil or Uruguay, who meet in a semifinal match tonight.

Note

DaMarcus Beasley, a forward on the U.S. team, is traveling to the Netherlands and is expected to sign a contract with PSV Eindhoven this week.

The 22-year-old has played 114 games for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.

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