June 19th, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Sports, City Hall

What Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish Say About Major League Soccer Now

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Well, the final two City Council voices are now in on this resolution (PDF) that proposes moving forward on negotiations to revamp PGE Park by 2011 for a Major League Soccer team separately from plans to find a new home to build a minor-league baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this evening that she stands by her original objections to tapping urban renewal money for a soccer retrofit. Fritz also said she doesn't understand why the stadium could not be used for both baseball and MLS — a deal-killer in the league's eyes.

Commissioner Nick Fish says he doesn't know what he's going to do, though he described the resolution's de-coupling of soccer from siting a new baseball stadium as "long overdue." Fish reiterated that he voted against the original stadium deal, adding that "if a different proposal comes to council and it protects the general fund and Mr. Paulson ups his share substantially, I'd explore it."

Bottom line on what's going to happen — given that Leonard said Paulson's decision today to pull out of a Lents deal means he will vote against his own resolution while Mayor Sam Adams will support it as will Commissioner Dan Saltzman — who the hell knows?

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