Sockers coach may attempt to sign Stanisic

November 11, 1990|By Bill Free

Scoop Stanisic was banned in Baltimore last week, but he could be wearing a San Diego Sockers uniform very soon.

Moments after the Sockers turned back the Baltimore Blast, 8-7, Friday night at the Baltimore Arena, Stanisic was seen talking to San Diego coach Ron Newman in the hallway outside the Sockers locker room.

Newman said after the conversation with Stanisic that he would like to sign the goalkeeper who was released by the Blast (2-4) Thursday.

"I don't know if we can do it," said Newman. "I can't see us releasing three veterans to sign him. It's the same old story with having only so much money [team salary cap of $630,000] to go around."

Newman has been going with one goalkeeper, Victor Nogueira, this season. He has rookie Chris Wilson on the developmental squad, but Wilson hasn't played in a game and is paid a low salary (approximately $15,000 a season).

Stanisic, having been in the league five years, would command at least $25,000 to sign for one season.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper, whose team will meet the Wichita Wings today at the Baltimore Arena at 6:05 p.m., said, "I understand Ron Newman is going to take a look at Scoop."

Newman had been looking at Hank Henry, who was signed by Baltimore Thursday as a replacement for Stanisic, the past two weeks but decided to stick with Wilson.

Cooper became dissatisfied with Stanisic's play in the goal in the past two weeks, saying he was vulnerable from long range and didn't provide enough leadership.

The Blast coach decided to sign Henry, but he failed to provide instant relief as a backup for the injured Scott Manning Friday night.

Henry, by his own admission, gave up some cheap goals in the first three quarters against the Sockers (2-5), who held a 7-4 lead late in the third quarter.

He improved in the fourth quarter, giving the Blast a chance to tie the score at 7 on Mark Mettrick's head shot with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game.

But in the end, it was the same old story for the Blast this season when Wes Wade tapped in a shot from in front of the goal with three seconds left to give the Sockers the victory.

Another Baltimore rally was wasted and a Blast goalkeeper was under scrutiny again.

Wade had a hat trick Friday night, former Baltimore midfielder Paul Dougherty also scored three goals for the Sockers and former Blast defender Glenn Carbonara had one assist.

If that wasn't bad enough, there was Stanisic seemingly getting in line to play for the Sockers and get a chance for revenge against the Blast.

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