Spirit gets Smith from Dynamo

November 03, 1994|By Doug Brown

In an effort to strengthen the target man position, the Spirit acquired Brad Smith from the Dayton Dynamo yesterday for cash.

Smith, 29, played at California State and then five years in Germany and two seasons each with the Wichita Wings and Dayton of the National Professional Soccer League.

Smith is scheduled to arrive tonight from Los Angeles, where he spent the summer with the Salsa of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League, and be available for games here tomorrow night against the Canton Invaders and Saturday night against the Cleveland Crunch.

Coach Dave MacWilliams describes Smith as a "rugged, hard-working player who puts forth the kind of effort I expect."

Smith will join Derrick Marcano and Tarik Walker as target men -- players strong enough to withstand physical punishment and able to hold the ball. Walker has knee and ankle injuries, and Jean Harbor, who was to join the Spirit this week, decided instead to play exhibitions this fall and winter with the Salsa.

Smith, who has a one-year contract, had 26 goals and 22 assists for 75 points last season for Dayton. He was fourth in the league in penalty minutes with 58.


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