Blast sets tryout for goalkeeper Hank Henry served as Dallas backup

November 08, 1990|By Bill Free

The Baltimore Blast is bringing in former Dallas Sidekicks backup goalkeeper Hank Henry for a one-day tryout today.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper wouldn't speculate on the chances Henry would be signed as a replacement for Scoop Stanisic, but Blast assistant general manager Drew Forrester said, "It's a possibility."

"If he [Henry] fits in with the team, there's a chance he'll be offered a contract," Forrester said.

Asked whether Stanisic would be released if Henry is signed, Forrester said, "That could happen."

Blast general manager John Borozzi, who was at a marketing meeting in Chicago, could not be reached for comment.

Stanisic's job has been in jeopardy since Cooper publicly criticized his play in Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Kansas City Comets.

Yesterday, Stanisic said of the arrival of Henry for a tryout: "I don't care who they bring in. They could bring in Walter Zenga [Italian national team goalie who is considered one of the best in the world] and I wouldn't care. I want to forget about everything that's being said this week and prepare for Friday night's game."

The Blast will play the San Diego Sockers, the defending Major Soccer League champions, tomorrow night at the Baltimore Arena.

Henry, 25, is the fifth goalkeeper Cooper has contacted this week. The others, including the U.S. national team's Tony Meola, have been unavailable for signing.

The other three were Steve Powers of the Maryland Bays; David Brcic, formerly of the St. Louis Storm; and Jamie Swanner of the Canton Invaders of the indoor National Professional Soccer League.

Henry has played four MSL games over the past two seasons, all for the Dallas Sidekicks. Last season, he was 1-2 with a 2.37 goals-against average. The victory was against the Wichita Wings, 3-0, in November.

Henry, born in Dallas, attended Southern Methodist University. He was the school's Male Athlete of the Year in 1988.

Henry has been working out with San Diego the past several days, attempting to catch on with the six-time champions.

"We were very close to signing him," Sockers coach Ron Newman said. "But we have a young man [Chris Wilson] on the developmental squad, and we decided to stay with him as our backup [to Victor Nogueira] rather than make a change."

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