Manning joins Bays on part-time basis SOCCER

November 11, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Three-time Major Soccer League All-Star goalkeeper Scott Manning has been enticed to come out of retirement and play on a part-time basis for the Baltimore Bays this indoor season in the United States Interregional Soccer League.

Manning, 36, was signed by the Bays yesterday and will play a minimum of four home games and in the USISL playoffs, according to coach Kevin Healey.

Manning played nine seasons for the Baltimore Blast and was named in 1990 to the Blast All-Decade Team.

Manning joins former Blast midfielder/defender Mark Mettrick as the latest to sign with the Bays, who open their season on the road Nov. 20. Mettrick, an MSL All-Star in 1991, also played for the Bays during the past USISL outdoor season and was the only member of the team to make the USISL All-Regional team.

Mettrick will mix the Bays with his duties as a math teacher at Johnnycake Middle School in Catonsville.

Healey said it is a major accomplishment for the Bays to sign Manning even if it is only part time.

"Scott believes in what our organization does," said Healey. "He participated in the Soccer Fanfest for us last summer. We're hoping he will be able to play more than four games but he does have a full-time job [investment broker]."

Former Blast standout Billy Ronson, who also will play for the Bays this season, was jubilant over the signing of Manning.

"Scott was the best goalkeeper in the MSL," said Ronson. "He was unbelievable the way he personally kept us in some games."

Manning could not be reached for comment last night.

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