Blast general manager John Borozzi received a letter from former San Diego Socker Paul Wright yesterday, and learned the elusive forward is ready to report.
Wright was claimed off the Major Soccer League waiver wire about 10 days ago. He had five days to report, a deadline the 21-year-old missed last Monday.
Yesterday, Borozzi notified Wright he is suspended and his contract will not be paid until he arrives here.
Borozzi said Wright's letter, dated July 14, said he will report for a news conference and a physical, but then wants to return to San Diego. The letter did not say when he would report.
"His reasons are that he is an only child and his mother is recovering from major surgery and that there is a clause in his contract which allows him to report Sept. 17," Borozzi said. "He is misinformed about the Sept. 17 date. That applied only to the first year."
Borozzi said he "is not playing tough guy." He is understanding of the fact Wright needs "a reasonable amount of time" to put his life in order, but adds the Blast needs him in Baltimore to do public appearance work this summer.
If Wright had hoped MSL commissioner Earl Foreman would reverse the situation, as requested by San Diego coach Ron Newman, he will be disappointed.
A league source said yesterday Foreman has reviewed the situation and can find no reason for disallowing the transaction.