Cooper invites Harbor, Sloan, four other Bays to try out for Blast

September 06, 1991|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff

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."

Cooper, however, declined to discuss the invitations.

"It's not the right time," he said. "The Bays have done a wonderful thing this year, getting back to the playoff series to prove last year was no fluke. I know what they're doing now: trying to repeat is much harder than winning it the first time, and I think they need all their concentration to be on their jobs."

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