Archbishop Curley grad Stitz signs 1-year deal with Spirit

October 07, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

The Spirit strengthened its Baltimore accent yesterday by signing former Towson State soccer star Barry Stitz to a one-year contract, with an option year.

The addition of Stitz, 22, an Archbishop Curley graduate, gives the Spirit five local players on its 11-man roster.

He joins Tim Wittman, Steve Nichols, Brian Hartlove and Jason Dieter.

"Barry is one of the top local players," coach Kenny Cooper said. "The Milwaukee club tried to sign him too, another indication that Baltimore is developing good players."

Said Stitz: "It's like a dream come true to be playing pro soccer. The fact it's in Baltimore makes it that much more special."

Stitz and other first-year players will participate in a three-day minicamp starting today at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn. It is a prelude to Monday's opening of training camp.

Coach Stankovic?

The Spirit is expected to offer Mike Stankovic, who played nine years with the Blast, a position as an assistant coach. He suffered a serious knee injury last December,which might end his playing career.

Spirit on the air

The Spirit and WTMD (89.7 FM), the public radio station of Towson State, have agreed to a two-year broadcast deal. The station will air 15 regular-season games, starting with the home opener Nov. 7 against the Chicago Power.

Dave Johnson, a Towson State graduate, will do the play-by-play, with Andy Freed as color analyst.

The Spirit radio schedule:

Nov. 7, vs. Chicago, 7:35; Nov. 14, at Cleveland, 7:35; Nov. 21, vs. Buffalo, 7:35.

Dec. 4, at Wichita, 8:35; Dec. 19, vs. Cleveland, 7:35.

Jan. 16, vs. Buffalo, 1:05 p.m.; Jan. 18, at Canton, 6:05 p.m.; Jan. 22, at Harrisburg, 7:35.

Feb. 7, at Denver, 7:05 p.m.; Feb. 14, at Detroit, 5:05; Feb. 20, vs. Canton, 2:05 p.m.; Feb. 25, at Buffalo, 7:05.

March 12, at Canton, 7:35; March 20, vs. Detroit, 7:35; March 27, at Harrisburg, 7:35.

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