Oakland A's owners buy option to bring soccer to Bay

May 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Soccer and the Oakland Athletics announced a deal Wednesday to bring a soccer team back to the Bay Area if the team's owners can develop a stadium plan.

The team would replace the San Jose Earthquakes, who moved to Houston following last season after public financing for a new facility in San Jose fell through.

Lew Wolff and John Fisher, the A's principal owners, will have three years to buy a team and develop a stadium solely for soccer.
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