Ex-Blast Ronson agrees to play for NPSL's Rockers

November 19, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Billy Ronson, out of indoor soccer since the Blast decided not to re-sign him last June, agreed to a one-year contract yesterday with the Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League.

Ronson, who lives in Cockeysville, joined the Rockers in Detroit yesterday and is expected to play tomorrow night against the Buffalo Stallions in Buffalo.

Ronson's attorney, Ben Neil, said yesterday: "We've come to terms with Detroit, and it's just a matter of Billy signing the contract when he gets out there and meets with general manager Stuart Mayor. Detroit flew him out at their expense. They obviously think he has a lot to offer, or they wouldn't be paying him the money."

The return of Ronson sets the stage for a Dec. 6 appearance by Ronson with the Rockers at the Baltimore Arena when they meet the Spirit. It should be an emotional night for Ronson, 35, one of the most popular Blast players.

Ronson, who played seven seasons for the Blast, said: "I've made no secret of the fact I wanted to finish my career in Baltimore, but it didn't work out that way. The Spirit expressed no interest in me."

Ronson said he has recovered from surgery March 23 for tendon and cartilage repair in his right knee. Although he was not re-signed by the Blast of the defunct Major Soccer League and was not offered a contract by the Spirit of the NPSL, Ronson has remained active in soccer in the Baltimore area.

He played for a local outdoor team called the Hummers this fall and was named women's soccer coach at Goucher College last week.

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