Spirit re-signs native Wittman

September 02, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

The Baltimore Spirit yesterday re-signed Baltimore native Tim Wittman to a one-year contract and announced its 1993-94 schedule, which will include 18 weekend games at the Baltimore Arena.

The Spirit will kick off its second season in the National Professional Soccer League on Oct. 29 at 7:35 p.m. when it plays host to the Chicago Power.

Wittman, the leading goal scorer in the history of the Major Soccer League's Baltimore Blast, played in 32 games last season and finished with 32 goals and 19 assists. Next month marks his 12th season of professional soccer in Baltimore.

"We jumped at the chance to re-sign him," Spirit coach Kenny Cooper said. "He's been one of our most consistent performers throughout his career and a player that always gives 110 percent."

Wittman, a graduate of Calvert Hall, signed with the Blast when he was 17. With the exception of one year in San Diego, Wittman has played his entire professional career in Baltimore under Cooper.

"If it's up to me, I'd like to finish my career here," said Wittman, who turned 30 in July. "It's very unusual for players in any sport to stay in their hometown this many years. I would like to play for 15 years, as long as I'm at the top of my game."

The Spirit has 20 home games on the schedule, starting at 7:35 p.m. on Fridays, 7:05 p.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays. So far, the club has sold 1,500 season tickets, surpassing last year's total of 1,140. Individual game tickets go on sale next month.

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