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Reports: Logan out as chief of MLS

Doug Logan will be removed as commissioner of Major League Soccer in the second shake-up of senior management at the league in six months, the Associated Press and the Washington Post reported.

MLS is expected to replace Logan with Don Garber, senior vice president and managing director of NFL International, perhaps today.

Logan, the league's only commissioner in its 3{ years of existence, is fluent in Spanish and has aggressively marketed MLS to Hispanics, overseeing the acquisition of several Latin and South American players.

No team has folded or been moved since MLS began in 1996, and Logan oversaw its expansion to Chicago and Miami, bringing the league to 12 teams.

However, flat TV ratings have plagued the league since the beginning of its second year, and it is well below the average crowd of 17,406 it achieved its first season. Some team officials have criticized Logan, particularly after his dismissal of deputy commissioner Sunil Gulati in February.

Logan was not in his office Tuesday and MLS canceled his weekly conference call with the media. No reason was given.

"We are not commenting on the matter at the present time," league spokesman Dan Courtemanche said. "However, we do expect to have further details within the next 48 hours."

Logan's impending ouster was first reported Tuesday by the Post. His contract runs through the 2000 season.

Logan, 56, was born in Glenridge, N.J., and grew up in Cuba. He was recruited by MLS after nearly 20 years in entertainment management and promotion, including seven years with Ogden Entertainment and three more with OCESA in Mexico.

After 15 years with the NFL, Garber, 41, was appointed to his post at NFL International in October 1996 with the responsibility of promoting American football worldwide. Among his duties are management of NFL Europe, the renamed World League.

Logan has had a handful of public missteps, including predicting a 15 percent increase in average attendance from the league's first year to the second. The average fell from 17,406 to 14,619, a 16 percent drop.

It fell to 14,312 last season but rebounded to 15,174 through last weekend's games.

U.S. TAKES THIRD: The United States beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 to finish third in the Confederations Cup at Guadalajara, Mexico. The win capped a strong performance in the tournament by the U.S. team, which defeated Germany 2-0 and came close to tying Brazil _ the favorite against Mexico in today's finals _ in a 1-0 match.

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