Blast coach Kenny Cooper is out of the hospital and back at work.
"I still need to get some of my strength back," Cooper said yesterday. "But it makes me feel a little better being out and working. You've got to make your own sunshine, you know."
Cooper, who was hospitalized for six days because of an inflamed colon, said he would have another examination in a couple weeks, but at present everything is OK.
He also said he is feeling out of sync because his team is not in the Major Soccer League championship series. This year's final, between San Diego and Cleveland, begins Friday in San Diego. "I always expect us to be there," Cooper said. "But San Diego and Cleveland are the two best teams in the league this season and they both deserve to be where they are."
Asked to pick a winner in the best-of-seven series, Cooper said the Crunch could triumph if it can win one of the first two games in San Diego. "But if I had to say right now, I'd have to go with experience," he said. "I'd have to go with San Diego."