Just in case old friends here have deserted him, the Cincinnati Silverbacks' Franklin McIntosh is bringing in his own rooting section for the National Professional Soccer League All-Star Game on Sunday at the Baltimore Arena.
As an American Conference starter, McIntosh gets four free tickets, but he phoned Spirit general manager Drew Forrester asking to buy 14 more.
"For family and friends from New York," said McIntosh, who scored 287 points in less than two full seasons with the Spirit. "I need somebody to cheer for me."
McIntosh is nothing if not controversial, berating fans and defying his coaches. The other day, he said, "I get booed just about everywhere I go, but those people are idiots. Sure, it pumps me up."
Although McIntosh, by mutual agreement, didn't return to the Spirit this season after being suspended by coach Mike Stankovic near the end of last season, Forrester still has some affection for him.
"The only thing Franklin hasn't done is kick a cameraman," Forrester said jokingly, an allusion to the Chicago Bulls' Dennis Rodman.
Bascome in, then out
One day after Harrisburg Heat teammate Bill Becher said, "If David Bascome doesn't make the All-Star team, there's something wrong with the system," Bascome did, indeed, make it.
Now he's out, with a shoulder injury, and in his place is the Heat's Mark Pulisic.
In other roster changes due to injuries, it'll be Steve Kuntz of St. Louis for teammate Kevin Hundelt (knee), Mark Moser of St. Louis for Pato Margetic (thigh) of Detroit and Bryan Finnerty of Detroit for Jamie Swanner (hand) of St. Louis.
Quote of week
Drago Jaha on what he looks for in a player: "You select players with the right attitude and mentality. They need three things: brains, hearts and legs." The Columbus Invaders apparently didn't have enough of those ingredients, because on Jan. 30 the team fired Jaha as coach.
The Spirit's Jason Dieter, recovering rapidly from arthroscopic knee surgery, may play Friday in Wichita against the Wings, just 24 days after the operation. Joe Mallia played in goal for injured Chris Vaccaro in the loss to Milwaukee. Cincinnati goalie Carlos Pena was named NPSL Player of the Week after making 29 saves on 32 shots in a 12-6 win over Tampa Bay. January's Players of the Month: Cleveland's Hector Marinaro and Milwaukee goalie Victor Nogueira.
Pub Date: 2/05/97