San Diego executive vice president Randy Bernstein said yesterday that he won't be able to complete a trade to bring talented forward Paul Wright back to the Sockers from the Baltimore Blast.
"Unfortunately for us, Baltimore fans are going to get to see Paul flash his skills, Bernstein said.
"We can't satisfy Kenny's needs," Bernstein added, referring to Blast coach Kenny Cooper.
Wright, 22, is regarded as the fastest player in the Major Soccer League and is expected to become a superstar.
The Blast picked up Wright on waivers in June when former San Diego owner Ron Fowler decided to let Wright go rather than run the risk of paying his salary if new investors weren't found for the team.
Former Blast general manager John Borozzi picked up Wright.
However, Wright continued to balk last night at playing for the Blast.
"I'm beside myself over this [coming to Baltimore]," he said. "I've run out of things to say about it. Nothing has changed since last week."
FTC Wright said last week he wants to stay in San Diego where he grew up and was a high school soccer star. He said his mother has been ill and that has affected his decision.
Wright also said he has told Cooper from the start that he didn't want to play in Baltimore, but that hasn't stopped Cooper from pressuring him to come to town for a physical.
New Blast vice president of soccer operations Drew Forrester said last night that Cooper only asked Wright to come for a physical and make some personal appearances after "Paul called and asked for his July paychecks."
Forrester said: "We didn't pick Paul Wright up to trade him. But having said that, the last thing we need here is a guy who doesn't like the city, the fans or the team. The thing that upsets us most is that Paul hasn't given the city, the team or the fans a chance. If he would come here for three months and then ask to be traded, we could understand it."