Oscar Ancira, Sockers' managing general partner, returned from Argentina where he met with representatives of Diego Maradona, who now is serving a drug suspension levied by FIFA, soccer's international governance.
Ancira had little to say about what was discussed.
"They received us very well and talks will continue," he said.
In other news, Ancira was surprised upon his return to hear that the next move in negotiations with midfielder Brian Quinn is his.
"His agent hasn't gotten back to us and Brian Quinn said specifically to go through his agent (Brian Halliday)," Ancira said. "I think a correction should be printed--the ball is in Brian's court."
The real problem is money. Quinn has been asked to make room in his national team schedule to play in at least 83% of the Sockers' games. He said he will if the Sockers will pay him 83% of $60,000, the maximum salary.
The club' offer is unknown but is thought to be considerably less.
"And if you listen to Ron (Newman, Sockers' coach), he makes it sound as if it's a take it or leave it offer," Quinn said.
Newman has found bargaining leverage in the situation of forward Godfrey Ingram, who was recently released by the St. Louis Storm.
"But Godfrey isn't going to sign for what the Sockers are offering me, either," Quinn said.
Ingram confirmed he has had preliminary discussions with the Sockers. He also said he might return to the Storm.