Republicans and Democrats alike, be forewarned: "Slick Willie" will be spending his summer entertaining crowds at soccer games in Oklahoma City.
No, President Clinton isn't moving back to this part of the country. "Slick Willie" will be the mascot for the newly revived Oklahoma City Slickers pro soccer team, which will begin play in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League on May 1 at Taft Stadium against Dallas.
At a press conference Tuesday morning at the Days Inn Northwest, Slickers officials and USISL commissioner Francisco Marcos announced the merger of two local amateur squads, the Spirit of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and the Warriors of the USISL, into one team. The Slickers will be a U.S. Soccer Federation Division III pro franchise.
The merger returns pro outdoor soccer to Oklahoma City for the first time since the Oklahoma City Stampede, the successor to the original Slickers, folded in 1984. Spirit coach Brian Harvey, who coached the original Slickers and the Stampede, will return as Slickers head coach, while Warriors head man Chico Villar will be assistant head coach. The Slickers will be strictly an outdoor team.
"This alliance is the culmination of two years of work," Marcos said. "The two teams have merged to form a strong, common-sense approach to the game. " "I don't think the city is big enough to support two professional soccer teams, but I think it is big enough to support one," Harvey said.
"If you're going to have a professional team in Oklahoma City, 1993 is the time, with the World Cup coming next year. If it doesn't happen now, it's never going to happen. " BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 529510