Their Spirit debuts delayed by injuries, Jean Harbor and Philip Gyau are expected to play Nov. 4 and 5 here against the Canton Invaders and Cleveland Crunch.
Both played the outdoor season for the Montreal Impact of the American Professional Soccer League. Gyau is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery last month, Harbor from a general battering.
"I'm jogging and striking [kicking] a little this week," Gyau said. "I'll practice with the team starting Monday and be ready for Canton and Cleveland."
Tarik Walker is questionable with a sprained ankle for Saturday's game here against the Harrisburg Heat. He injured it in the first half of Saturday's game against the Chicago Power.
"It was a very physical game," Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams said. "When I walked in the locker room, everybody had ice packs."
Tryouts for reserves
Tryouts for the Spirit Reserves will be held a week from tonight at 6:30 at the Baltimore Arena. Candidates will compete for 12 remaining spots on the team that will be coached by Cris Vaccaro and play in top local amateur leagues. They should report to the press gate on the Hopkins Plaza side of the Arena and bring a $10 application processing fee.
Brose Player of Week
The Dayton Dynamo's Dennis Brose was named National Professional Soccer League Player of the Week after scoring six goals, including four within 7:05 in the first quarter, and 14 points in a win over Canton.
Brose edged, among others, Cleveland's Hector Marinaro and the Spirit's Jon Parry and Vaccaro.
Marinaro, the NPSL's goals leader last season, kicked for the cycle with two three-point goals, three two-pointers, a one-pointer and two assists for 15 points. Parry had 14 points in two games, 11 in the opening win over Chicago after scoring five goals in the first 17:21 of the game, a league record for the fastest five goals at the start of a game.
Vaccaro is the early goalie leader with a 6.31 goals-against average. He has started his 15th season by allowing only 12 points in his first 114 minutes.
Steve Boardman, 30, who spent the 1992-93 season with the Spirit, is trying out for the team this week. He has settled here with his girlfriend and works for Advanced Lawn Service.
The NPSL's new 45-foot three-point arc (as opposed to the old 50-foot line) has increased scoring. Teams are averaging 1.8 three-pointers a game compared with .67 last season. The Spirit has two after scoring only seven all last season.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek is staying in shape during the NHL strike by working out with the NPSL's Buffalo Blizzard. . . . Harrisburg stars Franklin McIntosh and Denis Hamlett are holding out and may not play here Saturday against the Spirit. . . . In its home opener, defending NPSL champion Cleveland beat the Heat, 24-11, before a team all-time high 12,471.