Hometown All-Star Game to include 5 from Blast

February 04, 1992|By Sandra McKee

Domenic Mobilio has been to two Major Soccer League All-Star games, but the Blast forward says this one will be the best.

When the MSL yesterday released its All-Star selections for the Feb. 13 game at the Baltimore Arena, Mobilio learned he had made the East squad through a vote of his peers. His two previous selections had been by the pick of the All-Star coaches.

"To me, this is like the first time," said Mobilio, one of five Blast players chosen to the squad.

The Dallas Sidekicks, with six selections, led the East, and the San Diego Sockers, also with six, led the West.

Dallas' Tatu made the East team for the seventh time, and is the only East player with more than four All-Star appearances. That contrasts sharply with the West, where seven players have made the team seven or more times.

The two squads should be in sharp contrast: The young East vs. the veteran West. But when it comes to goalkeepers, the sides are on equal footing. The East features Dallas goalie Joe Papaleo (13-7, 4.86 goals-against-average) and Baltimore's Cris Vaccaro (10-9, 5.23), in his fourth appearance. The West goal will be blocked by San Diego's Victor Nogueira (14-6, 4.84) and Wichita's Kris Peat (13-9, 5.67).

In the East, where All-Star experience on average is two years less than in the West (4.8 years to 2.8 years), the Blast's Mark Mettrick and Doug Neely are two of four players making their All-Star debut. Defenseman Iain Fraser is the fifth Blast player on the All-Star team.

"Playing here is going to be fun," said Mobilio. "When you're in other cities for the All-Star Game, they call your name and there isn't much reaction. But playing for our hometown fans in the first All-Star Game played here, that should be something."

Blast coach Kenny Cooper said the selection of Neely and Mettrick "is long overdue."

The game, which will be televised nationally by SportsChannel America, is part of a two-for-one package at the Arena. The USAir College Indoor Soccer Showcase will be played at 5 p.m., followed by the MSL All-Star Game at 8:05. About 3,000 tickets remain.

All-Star rosters

EAST

Offense

Player. . . . . . . . . Team

David Doyle (F) . . . . Dallas

Zoran Karic (F) . . . . Cleveland

Hector Marinaro (F) . . Cleveland

Domenic Mobilio (F) . . Baltimore

Andy Schmetzer (M). . . Cleveland

Kevin Smith (M) . . . . Dallas

Tatu (F). . . . . . . . Dallas

Defense

George Fernandez. . . . Cleveland

Iain Fraser . . . . . . Baltimore

Wes McLeod. . . . . . . Dallas

Mark Mettrick . . . . . Baltimore

Chico Moreira . . . . . Cleveland

Doug Neely. . . . . . . Baltimore

Troy Snyder . . . . . . Dallas

Goalkeepers

Joe Papaleo . . . . . . Dallas

Cris Vaccaro. . . . . . Baltimore

WEST

Offense

Chico Borja (M) . . . . Wichita

Paul Dougherty (M). . . San Diego

Dale Ervine (F) . . . . Wichita

Dale Mitchell (F) . . . Tacoma

Preki (F) . . . . . . . St. Louis

Brian Quinn (M) . . . . San Diego

Branko Segota (M) . . . St. Louis

Paul Wright (F) . . . . San Diego

Defense

Ralph Black . . . . . . Tacoma

Fernando Clavijo. . . . St. Louis

Ben Collins . . . . . . San Diego

Kevin Crow. . . . . . . San Diego

Danny Pena. . . . . . . Wichita

Kim Roentved. . . . . . Wichita

Goalkeepers

Victor Nogueira . . . . San Diego

Kris Peat . . . . . . . Wichita

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