Spirit extends McIntosh suspension to include playoff series with Heat Leading scorer sat out last 2 of regular season

March 27, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Calling it the toughest decision he's had to make since taking over as coach of the Spirit, Mike Stankovic announced yesterday that Franklin McIntosh will not play in Baltimore's National Professional Soccer League playoff series with the Harrisburg Heat.

McIntosh, the Spirit's leading scorer this season and the NPSL's all-time scoring leader, was suspended by the club for the team's final two regular-season games for failing to report to practice last Thursday. He was in California at the time.

It wasn't until yesterday before practice that McIntosh and his teammates learned his suspension would carry into the playoffs.

"I just told him that a decision was made and that we were going to face Harrisburg without him," said Stankovic, who took over the team on Feb. 3.

Spirit general manager Drew Forrester has said "Mike establishes the rules" on the team.

McIntosh, a midfielder with a team-high 177 points, served a one-game suspension in November for yelling obscenities at then-head coach Dave MacWilliams.

McIntosh could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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