With new goalie in camp, Spirit may be dealing

August 20, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Former Dayton Dynamo goalie Joe Mallia will participate in the Spirit minicamp today, triggering speculation that a trade is near.

If Mallia is signed, it will be as a backup to goalie/assistant coach Cris Vaccaro. That would mean last year's rookie reserve goalie, Shawn Boehmcke, would be out of a job.

Mallia could be part of a deal that has been in the works all summer. It would bring Oakland Mills High grad Kevin Sloan to the Spirit for Clark Brisson. Brisson tied for fourth among Spirit scorers with 73 points last season, and Sloan was Dayton's No. 4 with 90.

Mallia, a Long Island native who played for Old Dominion, spent three seasons with the Harrisburg Heat. He was in goal in 1992-93, when Harrisburg eliminated the Spirit in the first round of the National Professional Soccer League playoffs.

Coach Dave MacWilliams and Vaccaro conducted two workouts for 16 aspiring pros yesterday at Du Burns Arena. A third session is scheduled today.

"I want to see if these guys are indoor soccer material," MacWilliams said. "I have no preconceived ideas."

Three of the candidates are local -- Derrick Marcano and Vince Moskunas of the outdoor Baltimore Bays and Brian McComas of Casa Mia's of the Maryland Major League. Jay Entlich of Virginia Tech is a Spirit draft choice.

The other candidates are Chris Lynn, Marlo Campbell, Derek Kepner and George Khourtsilava of the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's Raleigh Flyers, George Varoutsos of the USISL's Richmond Kickers, Eric Smith and Chris Morgan of the USISL's Delaware Wizards, Paul Calella of Elizabethtown College, Jamie Christie of Philadelphia Textile and Ed Clark, a Philadelphian.

"I want to see their first touch and how they handle two-on-ones and one-on-ones," MacWilliams said. "The indoor game is geared to that, so I can tell more by the way they handle those situations than in a full scrimmage."

Some of the candidates were chosen by MacWilliams from his native Philadelphia. He saw Calella play for Elizabethtown's NCAA Division III championship team in 1989.

"Calella's a finisher," MacWilliams said. "Finishers, creative maestros, are harder to come by than defenders. You're always looking for the gem from the rough stone."

After the minicamp, MacWilliams will make no immediate personnel decisions. Whether any of the candidates will be invited to training camp next month will depend on trades and re-signing of veterans.

"If we invite four or five to camp, this will have been a success," MacWilliams said.

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