Blast again utilizes Loyola pipeline, signing Miller

October 10, 1991|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff

The Blast completed its roster yesterday by signing former Loyola College player Doug Miller.

"When I came to Loyola as a freshman, I came thinking indoor soccer was the way I wanted to go after college," said Miller, a forward in college who will play midfield for the Blast. "This is a dream come true."

Miller was the No. 1 draft choice of Kansas City last spring, but when the Comets folded last summer he followed the Loyola alumni trail to the Blast.

"The Blast has given a lot of the guys I played with at Loyola an opportunity," said Miller, naming Joe Barger, Stan Koziol, John Karpovich and current member Joe Koziol. "It kind of inspired me to come here, and I've worked harder this summer -- running three and four hours a day -- to get ready for camp than I ever have. The last 3 1/2 weeks have been long, but my dad said the harder you work, the better things are when they happen -- and he's right. I couldn't be happier."

Miller became the 16th roster member after he played well in the team's exhibition game against Cleveland.

"All he needs is a little more consistency in scoring," said Blast coach Kenny Cooper. "He has fantastic speed. He's probably the second-quickest guy on the team and that means he has the ability to make things happen."

* The Blast has canceled a proposed exhibition game with Cleveland here this Sunday because of transportation problems . . . All-Star defender Iain Fraser, slowed by what was thought to be an abdomen strain, will have X-rays and further tests today. A checkup yesterday suggested the injury is "probably a strained muscle in the stomach wall." But there is also a slight chance it could be a hernia. "We're hoping its a muscle," said Blast vice president Drew Forrester. "If it's a hernia, he'd probably have to have it operated on and be out up to two months." . . . Blast management chose not to retain goalkeeper Joe Mallia as a developmental player . . . The team will hold its season-opening pep rally at Golden Ring Mall next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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