Stanisic still member of Blast, but goalie search continues

November 06, 1990|By Bill Free

Goalkeeper Scoop Stanisic was still a member of the Baltimore Blast yesterday, but his days appeared to be numbered.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper continued his search for another goalkeeper, apparently to handle Stanisic's backup role until starter Scott Manning returns from a sprained left ankle.

Cooper refused again to name any goalkeeper he is seeking to sign.

"At this point, all I can say is we're still having conversations [with prospective goalies]," said Cooper. "We haven't come to terms with anybody. We're working on it. We're not trying to single out anyone for criticism. We're just asking how we can improve the team [2-3 start] after five games because after the sixth game, that's basically how the team will be the rest of the season."

Stanisic said he hasn't been told anything about possibly being released.

"I haven't talked to Ed [Hale, team owner], Kenny or John Borozzi [general manager]," he said. "I know there's some speculation, but I'm not going to put my head down or get depressed. I'm going to work hard to prepare for Friday night. I know if I'm not there Friday night, they don't want me. It certainly won't be because I've quit."

Stanisic said he believes Cooper is "trying to send me a message to work harder. I remember when Kenny was criticizing Stan Stamenkovic, Scott Manning and Mike Stankovic because he has high expectations for them. I believe he has the same high expectations for me."

To which Cooper answered: "There is a message. Scoop has to get the job done. He has to stand up and be counted. He's got to look inside of himself. He'll never improve if he keeps looking outside for answers."

NOTES: Friday night's contest against the San Diego Sockers will be one of four reverse jersey nights this season at the Baltimore Arena. The Blast will wear their new blue road jerseys Friday night, and San Diego will wear white jerseys. . . . The Blast will hold its second "God and Country Night" Friday. After the game, a one-hour spiritual program will be held on the field. Kyle Rote Jr., former professional soccer player for the Dallas Tornados and a three-time winner of the ABC-TV Superstars competition, will be the featured speaker.

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