Former Calvert Hall star Chris Reif is expected to sign a 15-day contract with the Baltimore Blast today, and he likely will play Saturday night against the Sockers in San Diego.
A possible snag is approval from his employer, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, for whom Reif is a meter reader.
The signing will fulfill a long-time ambition for the Baltimore product who said last summer, "I'd kill to play for the Baltimore Blast. I'd love to be getting the salaries they're making to play soccer. Those guys don't know how lucky they are. It's a lot better than getting up every morning and working a regular job from 9 to 5."
Reif, 25, has been a defender for the Maryland Bays outdoor soccer team for three years after completing his collegiate soccer career at the University of Connecticut.
He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Major Soccer League's Cleveland Force in 1988, but shortly after, the Force folded.
Blast coach Kenny Cooper said last night Baltimore was interested in Reif after Cleveland dropped out of the league in 1988 "but Chris broke his jaw and our roster was set."
Reif will be the third Baltimore-area player on the Blast, joining midfielders Joe Barger and Tim Wittman, who are currently injured.
Cooper said, "Chris Reif is the one guy who can come in and help us right now. If he goes to San Diego with us [team is leaving today at 2 p.m.] he'll be playing. It will be good for Chris and good for the area to have him on the team. The reason we're only signing him to a 15-day contract is the league rules."