Spirit to make home debut Nov. 1The Baltimore Spirit will...

October 22, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Spirit to make home debut Nov. 1

The Baltimore Spirit will play the Harrisburg Heat in an exhibition Nov. 1 at the Baltimore Arena in the first National Professional Soccer League game staged here.

There will be no admission charge to the 5 p.m. game. The newly formed Baltimore Spirit Foundation, however, will solicit a $2 donation at the door for distribution to a local charity.

"This is an opportunity for Baltimore's soccer community to see what the NPSL game is all about," said Spirit coach Kenny Cooper. "Not only will it give us a good tuneup for the Nov. 6 opener in Milwaukee, but it will establish our rivalry with Harrisburg."

Catching the Wave

The Spirit will plunge into the NPSL's 13-team preseason tournament tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio, with a 10 a.m. match against the Milwaukee Wave.

Each team is assured of at least four games in the round-robin tournament that runs through Sunday.

The Spirit will play the Canton Invaders tomorrow at 4 p.m. On Saturday, they'll play the Denver Thunder at 8 a.m. and the Wichita Wings at 2 p.m. Semifinals, finals and third-place games are scheduled for Sunday.

Layfield may join Spirit

The Spirit acquired the rights to Baltimorean Joe Layfield and a 1993 draft pick from the Dayton Dynamo for defender Scott Henderson and midfielder Fahmi El-Shami. Layfield, a four-year starter at Towson State, was Dayton's second-round selection in the NPSL's Sept. 14 draft.

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