Another score for Spirit: Parry acquired from K.C.

September 24, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Any doubts about what the Spirit would do for an offense this season have been erased by two major transactions within 48 hours.

First, the Spirit signed Jean Harbor and Philip Gyau, skilled scorers who once played for the Maryland Bays.

Yesterday, the club acquired Jon Parry, the fifth-leading goal scorer in the National Professional Soccer League last season, from the Kansas City Attack for defender Eric Dade and future considerations.

Just like that, the Spirit's loss of last season's top scorers, Paul Wright and Goran Hunjak, doesn't seem so devastating after all.

"We wanted an American-born scorer," Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams said of Parry, who is from Leavenworth, Kan. "Once we realized Jon might be available after Kansas City signed Hunjak, we targeted him."

Parry, 25, is the NPSL's leading American-born scorer over the past two seasons with 318 points in 80 games, ahead of the Buffalo Blizzard's Rudy Pikuzinski (278), Kansas City's Kevin Koetters (275), the Detroit Rockers' Sean Bowers (259) and the Wichita Wings' Dale Ervine (258).

Parry was fifth in the NPSL with a career-high 72 goals last season and seventh in points with 157.

"He puts points on the board," MacWilliams said. "We want a high-powered offense, and this week's signings put us on track to have one. Players like we got usually don't become available."

Parry and his wife Kelly will move from Kansas to Baltimore next week and he will report to training camp Oct. 3.

"I had three great years in Kansas City," Parry said. "It will be strange playing in a new place, but I'm excited about my new start in Baltimore. A lot of players have told me Baltimore has great fan support."

In 2 1/2 seasons Parry has never missed a game, compiling 155 goals and 359 points in 99 games.

Dade made the NPSL's all-rookie team in 1992-93 and then had another strong defensive effort last season while contributing 42 points.

"We're not happy about losing Eric," MacWilliams said. "However, when you have a chance to acquire a quality goal-scorer, you have to be prepared to give up a player of equal ability.

"We tried for the last several days to make the deal without giving up Eric, but in the end it was the only way to complete it."

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