The Baltimore Blast will trade a veteran player or two in the medium salary range early next week to make room for a highly regarded rookie draft choice and help the team meet the salary cap of $630,000, coach Kenny Cooper said yesterday.
Cooper wouldn't say which players are being considered, but Freddie Thompson, Rusty Troy and Mike Reynolds could be primary candidates. All three are in the medium range of $30,000 a year.
Cooper said the Blast probably would be receiving future considerations instead of another player in the deal because of roster limitations.
Major Soccer League teams can carry 18 players. There are 18 veterans on the Blast roster.
That means the Blast would have to cut its three highly regarded draft choices (Chris Simon, Chris Haywood and Dominic Feltham) if the team doesn't cut or trade a player.
And because the team is over the salary cap, the logical move is to trade a player whose salary adversely affects the cap, rather than cutting a low-salaried player ($20,000 range).
Cleveland Crunch player-coach Kai Haaskivi said he believes the Blast most likely would trade with a Western Division team (the San Diego Sockers, Dallas Sidekicks, St. Louis Storm or Tacoma Stars) because the deal is for future considerations.
"You wouldn't want to help out another team in your division unless you were getting some help," Haaskivi said.
NOTES: General manager John Borozzi said yesterday that Maryland Bays coach Pete Caringi is one of three candidates to do the color commentary for Blast television games this season. Art Sinclair will do the play-by-play. Borozzi said the team is looking at three options for a television contract, including a return to Channel 45.