Silverbacks' 'Sweet Feet' first on cycle this season Ex-Spirit star McIntosh scores Player of Week

NPSL notebook

November 05, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

At 33, the man they call "Sweet Feet" hasn't lost his touch.

The Cincinnati Silverbacks' Franklin McIntosh, the Spirit's scoring leader last season, is the National Professional Soccer League's Player of the Week after becoming the first this year to record the cycle -- a three-point goal, a pair of two-pointers, a one-pointer and an assist -- in a 15-9 win over the Wichita Wings.

rTC It was the 63rd cycle in NPSL history and the sixth of McIntosh's career. The NPSL's all-time leading scorer with 1,042 points turned up in Cincinnati after being suspended by the Spirit last season for the final two regular-season games and the playoffs because coach Mike Stankovic said he demonstrated a "lack of dedication at a crucial time" by missing a key practice.

The Silverbacks visit Baltimore Arena on Nov. 16.

Toronto owners bicker

The owners of the expansion Toronto Shooting Stars voluntarily relinquished control of the team to the NPSL after a long dispute over which member of the group would actually run the team.

"They finally said the heck with it, we're turning it in to the league," said NPSL director of operations Paul Luchowski. "We expect this will be resolved quickly because there are a number of parties interested in acquiring the team."

One north, one south

Two former Spirit coaches are going in opposite directions with their new teams. Dave MacWilliams' first-year Philadelphia Kixx is 4-0 and Kenny Cooper's second-year Tampa Bay Terror is 0-4.

MacWilliams has rookies, veterans and others just eager to play. One veteran is ex-U.S. national team star Peter Vermes, 30, who in his indoor debut last weekend scored three goals.

Mobilio returning

The Harrisburg Heat will get a boost when it entertains the Spirit on Saturday with the return of Domenic Mobilio from the Canadian national team. He missed Harrisburg's first two games.

Regular Heat goalie Scoop Stanisic is questionable for Saturday with a strained knee.


Doug Neely has taken over as Spirit captain for injured Barry Stitz. Towson High grad Mike Henning will miss three to five weeks with a sprained knee suffered Saturday. Branko Segota (ankle) and Lance Johnson (knee) are expected to play against Harrisburg. The Spirit's pursuit of Paul Wright, who led the team in scoring during the 1993-94 season, appears to have ended. Wright is committed by contract to reporting to training camp for the Kansas City Wiz of Major League Soccer on Feb. 15.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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