Spirit bolsters roster, signs three to one-year deals

September 05, 1997|By Doug Brown

Renato Simtaio, a 31-year-old Brazilian who is the second-leading scorer in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, has been signed by the Spirit to a one-year contract.

Playing for the Huntsville (Ala.) Fire, Simtaio led the first-year EISL in three-point goals with 15 in 21 games. He was second in scoring with 96 points.

The Spirit also signed Mike Harper and Carlton Williams, both 23 and also of the EISL, to one-year contracts.

Harper, of the Baton Rouge (La.) Bombers, had 21 goals in 24 games and Williams, a Huntsville defender, had 38 blocks.

All three are in the EISL playoffs and will report to the Spirit when training camp opens in early October.

"These players are three of the best in the EISL," said Spirit general manager Drew Forrester. "The league is producing players that can contribute to the National Professional Soccer League right away. In the case of Renato and Mike, it's clear both have the ability to be a force."

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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