Blast coach Kenny Cooper has invited six members of the Maryland Bays to try out with the indoor team this season.
Letters were sent to: forward Jean Harbor, the Bays' goal-scoring leader and American Professional Soccer League Player of the Year; midfielder Kevin Sloan, the Bays' second-leading scorer and an All-APSL first-team selection; forward Philip Gyau, who earned APSL MVP honors a year ago and who has played well this season since returning from injury; goalkeeper Steve Powers, the MVP of the APSL championship game last season and the winner of a record 19 straight outdoor games; defender Chris Reif, who played briefly and well for the Blast at the end of last season and who earned second-team All-APSL honors this season with the Bays; and defender George Gelnovatch, an honorable mention All-APSL selection.
"There are a couple things I'd like to do with my career before it's through," said Powers. "I'd like to get a tryout with the U.S. National team and I'd like to see what comes of trying out with the Blast. I respect both their goalkeepers, Cris Vaccaro and Hank Henry, but I'm excited about being given an opportunity to beat one out."