Mettrick part of Blast rebuilding

August 23, 1991|By Bill Free

Mark Mettrick, a quiet, intimidating defender and midfielder, will be part of the Baltimore Blast's attempt to bounce back from last season's 21-31 record.

Mettrick, 26, re-signed with the Blast yesterday and will begin his fourth season with the Major Soccer League team Sept. 17 when training camp opens at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper said yesterday that he plans to use Mettrick, a native of Glossup, England, and a graduate of Hartwick College, primarily at midfield this season.

"I see Mark as a midfielder this year as we restructure our formations a little bit," said Cooper. "Mark was a midfielder in college, holds the ball well, is a good passer and a hard-nosed player who has the ability and skill to create and convert goal-scoring opportunities."

Cooper used Mettrick (19 goals, 17 assists last season) at midfield early last season but moved him back to defender after Angelo Panzetta tore a knee ligament in January.

Mettrick said: "I know for me personally this will be an important season because we need to get back to the playoffs and fight for the league championship, like we did my first two seasons."

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