Philadelphia Fever-Cincinnati Kids (MISL game, December 1978):
Foreman stepped down as MISL commissioner in 1985 -- he was rumored to the candidate for commissioner of the United States Football League of New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump -- only to return in 1989.
In 1990, the MISL was the only pro soccer league in the United States and therefore its eight teams controlled the pro vote in U.S. Soccer -- one-third of the votes. That was enough to tip the election of U.S. Soccer president in favor of Rothenberg against incumbent Werner Fricker and federation treasurer Paul Stiehl as the eight MISL teams voted as a bloc for Rothenberg, who won with 59 percent of the overall vote but only 39 percent of the youth and amateur divisions.
Foreman initially instructed MISL teams to support Fricker but changed his mind and had them vote as a bloc for Rothenberg, FIFA's candidate, after the owners in San Diego and Dallas switched their support. Foreman and Rothenberg went all the way back to the 1967 USA final. Rothenberg was attorney for Canadian sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke and served as general manager of Cooke's Wolves.
There had been tension between U.S. Soccer and the MISL, the only domestic home for many years for such national team stars as Rick Davis, Hugo Perez and Kevin Crow, and after Rothenberg's election, U.S. Soccer agreed to a two-game exhibition series between the national team and MISL all-stars in Kansas City and St. Louis.
Foreman was the first chairman of the committee Rothenberg paneled to investigate the launch of an outdoor league. He stayed on as MISL commissioner until the league folded in 1992.