Spirit gets back Vuckovic, adds two forwards

January 09, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Spirit, which in two-thirds of its 18 games has been unable to average double figures in scoring, gets a huge boost this weekend with the return of Bo Vuckovic for games against Edmonton (tonight) and Cleveland (tomorrow) at Baltimore Arena.

Despite missing the past six games, five of which were defeats, Vuckovic, who suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice a month ago, still holds the team scoring lead by a comfortable margin (56-38). He was, in fact, second in NPSL scoring when he went down after the first 12 games.

Besides Vuckovic's return, the Spirit, in moves designed to pump some offensive life into the 3-15 club, yesterday signed a pair of forwards, Mizko Castillo and Denison Cabral. Cabral had eight goals and three assists with the two-time defending I-League champion Baltimore Bays.

To make room, the Spirit released defenders Wendell Regis and Nathan Fairchild and midfielder Renato Sampaio.

Castillo, 34, scored 142 goals over five seasons in the NPSL and, lately, has been playing in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. Cabral, 23, played four seasons with Washington of the CISL and scored 109 goals in 100 games.

NOTE: The Spirit has released Jason Dieter, the first player it ever signed, from current contractual obligations. He is joining the Bays and is expected to play in tonight's 7: 30 game against the Western Massachusetts Twister at Du Burns Arena.

Spirit tonight

Opponent: Edmonton Drillers

Site: Baltimore Arena

Time: 7: 35

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The Drillers (5-7) are in second place in the North Division despite being winless on the road (0-4), and they are coming off a 24-14 victory over Montreal. Edmonton was averaging a league-low 9.8 points until its scoring burst against Montreal. Spirit scoring leader Bo Vuckovic (sprained ankle) returns to the lineup after a six-game absence.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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