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Movement brewing to bring back the Sting

Updated: October 31, 2013 12:33AM



It’s unclear where recently dismissed Fire coach Frank Klopas will land, but the Chicago soccer icon might not need to go far for his next gig.

A North American Soccer League source told the Sun-Times that there’s a movement to bring the Sting back to Chicago.

Klopas played in 140 games and scored 62 goals for the Sting.

Rumors of a Sting comeback have been circulating since early September, when the Twitter handle @Chicago_Sting was established with the bio: “Chicago’s true football club. MIA since 1988. Some think it’s maybe time to make a comeback. Chicago’s footballing dreams.”

In September, the Sun-Times contacted former Sting owner Lee Stern, who said he had no plans to revive the team. Stern’s Sting won NASL titles in 1981 and 1984.

Stern did say the NASL had contacted him for advice about running a team in Chicago.

The biggest barrier, Stern said, is finding a facility. In September, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson called it a non-story.

Despite potential struggles to find a facility to house the Sting, a comeback would seem timely.

Some soccer fans in Chicago have an apparent disdain for the city’s MLS team, the Fire. That has played out in the blogosphere and on the team’s website when a communications executive ranted at fans and defended ownership in an open letter in late August.

Email: sgruen@suntimes.com

Twitter: @SethGruen



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