Deal to acquire Ingram 'in limbo,' Blast VP says

February 17, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

A trade that could send Baltimore Blast midfielder Emil Dragicevic to the St. Louis Storm for four-time All-Star forward Godfrey Ingram may not develop as planned.

"It's in limbo," Drew Forrester, Blast vice president of soccer operations, said yesterday.

Blast team officials had conversations with Ingram on Saturday, and the Luton, England, native said he was "undecided about his soccer career."

It is thought, however, that Ingram, under provisions in the Major Soccer League bargaining agreement with the players association, has vetoed the deal because of his length of service. Ingram, a nine-year veteran, has the right to veto trades.

Ingram has 265 goals in his MSL career and would have given the Blast a proven goal scorer for its playoff drive.

It is thought that Ingram, who has only four goals this season, could return to his top scoring form if he were motivated by a coach such as Kenny Cooper.

Friday's proposed Ingram-Dragicevic trade also included the Blast receiving St. Louis' second pick in the first round of the 1992 MSL draft.

With that selection, the Blast chose Jason Dieter, a UMBC midfielder and native Baltimorean. Even though the trade might fall through, it appears that Dieter will remain the Blast's property.

Forrester said: "I'm not at liberty to discuss the details of the trade or what has transpired in the last 48 hours. With regard to Jason, we are confident that he will be with us. I wish I could say more about the whole thing, but right now I can't."

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