Austerity measures, though, have affected almost every facet of team operations: front office cuts, limited spending on player acquisitions (United has not signed a high-profile player from overseas in years) and deterioration of the practice facilities (the artificial turf field is in disrepair and no longer used by the first team). (The Seattle Sounders also play in a stadium designed for pro football, but the large capacity is necessary to accommodate the team's league-best ticket demand.) If the Buzzard Point deal is finalized, United will play in one of the most urban settings in the league, accessible by public transportation and close to commercial development.\n
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