East college stars top West in OT, 7-6

February 14, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Never fear, John Silva is here.

Those were the words the Seton Hall midfielder had for East coach Mike Stankovic with five minutes left in regulation play last night in the USAir College Indoor Soccer Showcase at the Baltimore Arena.

"John told me not to worry, he would get the winning goal and he did," said Stankovic moments after Silva turned and drilled a 35-foot shot into the net with 13 minutes, 57 seconds gone in sudden-death overtime, lifting the East to a 7-6 victory over the West in the game featuring the top 32 seniors in the country.

Silva was standing at the top of the penalty box on the left side when the ball came bouncing to him off the body of a West defender.

"I settled it with my chest, turned and hit it," said Silva. "I don't think he [West goalkeeper Markus Roy] was expecting me to shoot it that quickly. I had my back turned to him and that might have thrown him off a little."

Maryland Baltimore County midfielder Jason Dieter was credited with the assist on the winning goal.

Silva's winning goal came 52 seconds after Towson State's Ed McCue nearly tapped a shot into the net after it was vacated by Roy.

* The cold war between the outdoor American Professional Soccer League and the Major Soccer League continued when the APSL turned down the MSL's offer to send a select team of all-stars against the five APSL teams in a single-elimination outdoor tournament.

MSL commissioner Earl Foreman said: "I can't think of anything better for the APSL to do to help the advancement of the game of soccer than to accept our proposal."

Foreman said talks with the APSL yesterday were not productive.

APSL commissioner Bill Sage said his league had nothing to gain from meeting an MSL select team.

In past years, there have been talks about the MSL and APSL joining together to form a major professional outdoor league in preparation for the 1994 World Cup.

But nothing substantial has come out of those talks, with Foreman blaming APSL officials for fighting too much among themselves and forgetting the overall good of the game.

* Foreman said San Antonio is a strong candidate for gaining an MSL expansion franchise for the 1992-93 season.

On Wednesday, Foreman identified Buffalo, N.Y., as the primary city in the running for an expansion team next season.

But Foreman didn't sound overly optimistic about either San Antonio or Buffalo getting their $250,000 letters of credit to the MSL by April 15.

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