Crunch matches Blast offer for King
The Baltimore Blast's attempts to sign Cleveland Crunch forward Michael King were stalled yesterday when the Crunch matched Baltimore's contract offer of approximately $45,000, enabling Cleveland to retain the rights to King under the Major Soccer League collective bargaining agreement.
Blast general manager John Borozzi said yesterday that the team was considering other options to obtain King, including a trade in the next seven to 10 days. Borozzi said King might become a free agent when a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized.
Also, Borozzi said yesterday the Blast could sign veterans Billy Ronson and Rusty Troy early next week if the league owners decide to continue play as a seven- or eight-team league, depending on the ability to get financing for the Dallas Sidekicks and an expansion team in Pittsburgh.
Borozzi also said the league is considering making all players from the defunct Kansas City Comets free agents instead of conducting a dispersal draft.
"That would hurt us," said Borozzi. "Because we would have the No. 2 pick [by virtue of Blast's 21-31 record last season] in a dispersal draft and could get a pretty good player."
The Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am scheduled for Talbot Country Club was postponed because of rain and has been rescheduled for Oct. 11.
The O'Patterson team from Jarrettsville leads the major division of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America National Family Tournament in Dallas. Larry O'Patterson and his 17-year-old son, Bill, hold a 33-pin lead after one round.