Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper said yesterday that the team has completed plans to field a 16-man indoor soccer reserve squad that will play games in the Baltimore area this season.
Cooper said the team will play at Du Burns Arena on Boston Street in Canton and will be known as the Canton Invaders.
Cooper said that owner Ed Hale has pushed strongly for the reserve squad in an attempt to develop the top young soccer players in the area.
Most of the team will be made up of local players who won't be paid, said Cooper, who will coach the team along with assistant Mike Stankovic.
"We know we're going to start the team this season but we don't know how many games we're going to play or where we're going to get the money from to pay the team operating expenses [such as league fees and uniforms]," Cooper said.
NOTES: The Paul Wright grievance against the Blast will go before sports arbitrator George Nicolau next Friday. Wright, former San Diego Sockers midfielder who was placed on the suspended list without pay by the Blast after he refused to report to training camp, says Baltimore has failed to uphold his contract from San Diego and is denying him a chance to work.
Wright said he wants to be allowed to play for another team or get paid the money he is due from July 1 when the Blast claimed him on waivers from the Sockers.