Goalkeeper Vaccaro is latest ex-Blast player to get in Spirit

September 11, 1992|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

Cris Vaccaro, the 34-year-old goalkeeper who earned all-star honors in the Major Soccer League last year, signed with the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League yesterday.

"The biggest thing we felt was that we had to have a real quality goalkeeper," said Blast vice president Drew Forrester. "In the MSL we knew every team and every player. Now, not knowing anything about some of these teams, we felt it was even more important to have someone in goal to rely on."

Vaccaro, who signed a one-year deal with an option year, becomes the fourth former Blast player to sign with the Spirit, joining forward Rusty Troy, midfielder Joe Koziol and defender Doug Neely.

A 12-year veteran of the indoor soccer game, Vaccaro has been a familiar face in Baltimore since his college days, when he attended the University of Baltimore.

"I want to play until I don't like it anymore," said Vaccaro. "This is the top league in the country. It might have been overshadowed by the MSL, but it's got quality players."

Tryout time

Six area soccer players have been invited to try out for the Spirit when it opens training camp next month. F Mike Conway, Curley High School; F Roberto Ascenzi, Essex Community College; MF Brian McComas, Loyola High School; MF Barry Stitz, Towson State; MF Mike Lenzycki, Baltimore; and MF Billy Reinhardt, Patterson High School, were selected from among 17 players who took part in open tryouts last month.

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