Blast gives old Sidekick a shot in goal

November 08, 1990|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff

The Blast is making a final effort to strengthen its goalkeeping situation before reaching a contract deadline with current starter Scoop Stanisic.

Former Dallas backup Hank Henry, 25, arrived in town last night and was to try out with the team today. Henry, who played for Southern Methodist University, appeared in four games with Dallas -- one in 1988-89 and three last season. He was 1-2 last year, including a shutout of Wichita, and has a 2.37 goals-against average.

Henry had a tryout with San Diego last month, but was not signed.

"He is a good goalkeeper, but he wasn't as good as I thought he'd be," said San Diego coach Ron Newman, who yesterday signed Michael Collins, a midfielder for the Blast from 1984 to '86. "He wasn't any better than our developmental goalkeeper. And with no disrespect to Hank, I think Baltimore will find Scoop is the better of the two."

The Blast must make a decision today, because if Stanisic plays against San Diego tomorrow, the team will be responsible for his contract for the rest of the season. Tomorrow's game is at the Arena, starting at 8:05 p.m.

* The Blast also has asked the U.S. Soccer Federation to make a decision on whether goalkeeper Tony Meola would be allowed to play for the team, should the opportunity present itself. Meola has said he wants to play here, and would have joined the Blast this week had it not been for commitments in England. But Meola is under contract to the USSF, which would have the final say about his availability.

* Former North American Soccer League star and Major Soccer League coach Kyle Rote Jr. will be the featured guest speaker at God and Country Night, following tomorrow's Blast game at the Arena . . . The Blast will wear its road uniforms Friday, in the first of four "Reverse Jersey Nights," to give fans a chance to see the team's new dark blue jerseys.

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