Conflict in Conn. delays Bays' opener SOCCER

November 17, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The season opener for the Baltimore Bays has been delayed six days because of a scheduling conflict involving the Connecticut Wolves.

The Bays were supposed to open their indoor United States Interregional Soccer League season Saturday on the road against the Wolves, but Connecticut discovered it had no arena to play the game in.

"There were two things scheduled for the same time," said Bays coach Kevin Healey. "And the Wolves found out they didn't have the facility to use for the game against us."

That means Baltimore will open its season at home against the Hampton Roads Hurricanes on Nov. 26 at Du Burns Arena at 8:05 p.m.

Healey said the team would celebrate its first USISL indoor game by giving commemorative T-shirts to everyone attending the game.

The Bays coach said the team has signed 11 players to join Billy Ronson, Scott Manning (part-time basis), Mark Mettrick, Joe Barger, Jeff Nattans and Steve Nichols.

The newly signed players played for the Bays last summer in their first outdoor season in the USISL.

They are goalkeeper Jason Wright, midfielders Terry Locklear, Eric Spalt, Joe Layfield and Steve Ware, forwards Steve Quaranta, Rob Elliot, Derrick Marcano and Dave Parravano, and defenders Ed Quick and Vince Moskunas.

The Bays spent Saturday night at Stephen Decatur High in Berlin playing a benefit against a team of Eastern Shore unlimited soccer all-stars.

The Baltimore players drove to Berlin at their expense to raise funds for recreation soccer coach Bill Isett, 46, who had a stroke two minutes after a recent game involving his Sherwood on the Shore team.

The stroke left Isett, who has no insurance, paralyzed on one side.

Berlin Youth Soccer league vice president Bill Laird said: "The Bays did us a big favor. They raised around $500 for Bill, who has six children. He is between jobs."

The USISL received a major boost last month when it was given Division III professional status by the United States Soccer Federation.

The only other soccer league in the United States with pro status (Division II) is the nine-team outdoor American Professional Soccer League. The now-defunct Maryland Bays were members of the APSL.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has not accorded pro status to the National Professional Soccer League, of which the Spirit is a member.

"The fact that the NPSL is not considered a pro league is more a compliment to our league than anything detrimental to the Spirit," said Healey. "I consider the Spirit a professional organization, and I feel the NPSL conducts itself as a pro league."

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