MLS: Lynne Meterparel named San Jose GM

Lynne Meterparel, whose work with the New England Revolution was instrumental in helping establish Major League Soccer as one of America's five major sports, has been named General Manager of the San Jose Clash. Meterparel, 30, becomes the youngest general manager in MLS and joins only a handful of women running major professional sports teams in the United States. The announcement was made by Jonathan A. Kraft of Kraft Group Sports, investor-operator of both the Clash and the Revolution. Meterparel, who spent the past three seasons as Director of Crowd Building for the Revolution, has been serving with the Clash as Owners Representative since the Kraft Family assumed control of the San Jose club on Jan. 4. "Lynne brings a wealth of experience, creativity and ideas to the Clash," Kraft said. "She is clearly the most qualified person for the job. She did a tremendous job for us with the Revolution, and we think she can do the same thing in San Jose." Meterparel said she is looking forward to the opportunity to further the growth of soccer in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California and "to make the Clash San Jose's hometown team." "The Clash has built a solid foundation in San Jose," Meterparel said. "Our job will be to build on that foundation, to make our players an integral part of the community and to make Spartan Stadium the place to be - for soccer fans and for families just looking for good, affordable entertainment." During Meterparel's tenure in New England, the Revolution finished third, first and second in attendance, averaging more than 20,000 fans per game. In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded the first MLS Commissioner's Award in 1997. Prior to joining MLS, Meterparel served as a National Director of the Legacy Tour, the grassroots campaign that introduced international soccer to major cities across the country and launched the hugely successful World Cup USA '94.
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