Blast preview

November 02, 1990|By Sandra McKee


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 7:35 p.m.

* WHERE: The Arena.


* OUTLOOK: Kansas City (3-1) will be playing its first road gamand may be in for a big surprise, as it finds out what it is like to play with the Major Soccer League's new bigger goals on the MSL's smallest field. K.C. beat the Blast, 7-6 in overtime, in Baltimore's season opener. It was Comets coach Dave Clements' 100th victory. But Blast coach Kenny Cooper now looks at that loss as a blessing in disguise. "It showed us that four- and five-goal leads mean nothing anymore," he said. "And we've learned a big lesson from that."

Kansas City is healthy. The Blast will be missing midfielder Joe Barger (stress fracture in his left leg) and goalkeeper Scott Manning (ankle injury). Goalkeeper Scoop Stanisic (2-1) continues to improve, which is no surprise to him. "Every game I would hope I play better than the last game," he said. "It is my goal." The game also marks midfielder Carl Valentine's first appearance here since being traded to Kansas City for Dale Mitchell last summer.

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