Article originally appears on 6/23/16

A push by Robert Kraft and UMass for a professional soccer stadium appears deflated on arrival, with local pols saying the state school should focus more on cutting tuition than cutting deals with rich sports owners.

The University of Massachusetts floated the stadium plan for the old Bayside Expo site, but powerful elected officials in South Boston and Dorchester immediately kicked it to the curb, saying a 25,000-seat facility would only add to traffic nightmares and congestion that already plague the area.

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