Blast says Chinapoo won't be back

August 01, 1991|By Tara Finnegan

Richard Chinapoo, a six-year veteran midfielder for the Baltimore Blast, will not be invited back to the team for the 1991-92 season, general manager John Borozzi said yesterday.

"From a playing standpoint, he is not in our plans," Borozzi said. "We did not exercise the right of first refusal on Rich."

The Evening Sun reported yesterday that Chinapoo wouldn't be returning.

Chinapoo said he had not spoken to Borozzi about his status as of yesterday afternoon.

"I understand the business," Chinapoo said. "If they wanted to speak to me [about a new contract], they would have contacted me already. I just don't fit into the plans. There is a time you have to say goodbye."

Chinapoo, 34, is one of three veteran Blast players leaving the organization since the end of last season. Last month, the Blast said it wouldn't re-sign defender Tim Wittman. Defender Bruce Savage has decided to devote his efforts to playing for the U.S. national team.

"We're losing a lot of veteran players," Chinapoo said. "It's a good bunch of guys that built the team and made it what it is. It's sad to see them go. We bring that experience on and off the field."

Borozzi said the Blast is moving toward forming a younger team or "a fine mix of youth and some seasoned veterans."

Blast coach Kenny Cooper said: "We're not going to be a bunch of youngsters running around out there. There will be some experience returning."

Cooper said the Blast has talked with Tatu, the high-scoring Dallas Sidekicks forward who is a free agent. Cooper said talks are in early stages.

Last season, Chinapoo scored 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists) for the 21-31 Blast.

For the past three weeks, Chinapoo has worked at Lincoln Phillips Soccer Camp at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, which he has been affiliated with since 1984. On Monday, he will start work at Troy Snyder's camp, a camp for 8- to 16-year-olds in Fleetwood, Pa. Snyder was a teammate of Chinapoo's when he played for the Sidekicks.

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