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Letter: Pro soccer could cure Buffalo Sabres fans’ blues

A Twilight Zone-like pall seems to be hanging over the Buffalo Sabres since about 2000; a losing year with no playoff spot, followed by revolving doors of coaches, general managers, followed by signing superstars and trading experienced players thought not to be performers.

The year-end results keep coming back as “the same as last year,” followed by hope for The Cup next year. I wonder, does hope spring eternal or will loyal fans truly let their feelings be known, to ownership, vis-a-vis several empty KeyBank Center games?

One way out of the Twilight Zone; organize folks to push to get Buffalo a major league soccer franchise.

This sport is growing in popularity, nationally and here in Western New York; witness crowds at local bars during games. Soccer also has more a national appeal versus the NHL, whose appeal and popularity are confined to northern tier states.

I think a soccer team will put Buffalo on a third map for a national franchise; too, it will give some hope and provide a new outlet for fans who yearn for a second winning team.

This city can support a major league soccer team.

Michael Hooven


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