Although Hank Henry will be in goal for the Blast Thursday in San Diego, No. 1 goalkeeper Scott Manning most likely will also make the trip.
Sunday, Manning was not scheduled to travel, but coach Kenny Cooper said yesterday he wants the 33-year-old veteran with the team.
"He practiced [yesterday]," said Cooper. "But I think it is too soon for him to start. I don't want to take any chances, but we are working on taking him with us."
Cooper said Manning could gain from observing the game and could also continue work with trainer Marty McGinty on rehabilitating his right ankle, which was seriously sprained three weeks ago.
* WEEK'S BEST: San Diego forward Wes Wade has been named Major Soccer League Offensive Player of the Week. Wade scored a hat trick, which included the game-winning goal with three seconds left, in an 8-7 victory over the Blast last Friday and followed that up with a goal and an assist in a 7-6 victory over Cleveland Sunday.
On the defensive side, Kansas City goalkeeper Jim Gorsek was the star of the week. He upped his personal record to 4-0 and lowered his goals-against average to 3.23 by holding Western leader Tacoma to one goal Sunday. Gorsek made 11 saves on 24 shots, as the Comets won 4-1.
* ANSWERING THE CALL: Kansas City forward Ted Eck will join the U.S. National Team next week for two games in Trinidad and Tobago. St. Louis defender Fernando Clavijo also has been invited to join the team, but the Storm has not yet committed to releasing him for the trip, which will require both players to miss 10 days of practice and games with their respective MSL teams.