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MLS still likes Wilpons

3/11/2011

Fred and Jeff Wilpon have acknowledged interest in purchasing a Major League Soccer team in the past. And while they may not be in position now given all the other financial issues swirling around, MLS commissioner Don Garber still likes the Wilpons as ownership candidates.

Here's the Associated Press story:

The Wilpon family still would make "great" owners of a Major League Soccer team in New York despite their legal troubles stemming from Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, the league's commissioner says.

The Wilpons, who own the New York Mets, have expressed interest in owning MLS' 20th team. But Irving Picard, the trustee trying to recover money for the Madoff victims, has filed a lawsuit against the Wilpons seeking at least $300 million, and the Mets have acknowledged needing a loan from Major League Baseball in November.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Friday he remains supportive of the Wilpons personally and professionally, and thinks the whole story has not come out.

UPDATE: Mets executive VP Dave Howard said about the Wilpons' interest in adding soccer to their sports portfolio: "We continue to have interest, but it all is in the exploratory stage."