Tirschman leaves Wave, is back in Baltimore teaching

MISL notebook

Soccer

January 09, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Baltimore native Matt Tirschman has traded in his Milwaukee Wave uniform for a suit and tie.

The Overlea High and Salisbury grad left the team late in December and is now back home in Baltimore substitute teaching.

Yesterday afternoon, the Wave officially placed Tirschman on the inactive/suspended list, removing him from the roster while maintaining his player rights.

The 26-year-old forward, in his fourth season with the Wave, had 15 points in 11 games before leaving. He was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Tirschman played a big role in the Wave's back-to-back National Professional Soccer League titles the past two seasons, scoring 83 points in the 1999-2000 season followed by a career-high 90 points last year.

"I think with the structure of the new league, the new salary cap and him being away from home - it was just a lot of things," said Milwaukee coach Keith Tozer. "We've had so much respect for Matt; he's done a great job for us the last four years - it was just something he needed to do at this time. Hopefully, he'll be back."

Tozer also didn't rule out the possibility of trading Tirschman, should he want to return.

What about the home team?

"I'd like Matt to be on this team ... ," said Blast head coach/general manager Kevin Healey, who has yet to talk with Tirschman. "But it would depend on what Milwaukee wants. If they're wanting certain players, we're just not going to do that. And that's not a reflection on Matt; it's just a reflection on the fact that we're comfortable in what we have in here right now."

With a roster spot available, Healey said the Blast is strongly considering bringing in a new player, likely a forward in the next couple of weeks, but added any potential deal for Tirschman would come later rather than sooner.

Nogueira on a roll

Wave goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, who was Defensive Player of the Month for December, picked up where he left off with his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The 42-year-old veteran went 2-0 last week, stopping 28 of 38 shots he faced with a 9.5 points-against average.

Philadelphia KiXX forward Chris Handsor was named Offensive Player of the Week after totaling 15 points in two games against the Blast.

Blast midfielder Paul Wright was an honorable mention after posting 14 points in two games, including a five-goal, 11-point performance in Sunday's 20-10 win in Philadelphia.

Milwaukee forward Joe Reiniger was the Offensive Player of the Month for December, piling up 31 points.

Around the boards

The 2002 MISL All-Star Game, set for Feb. 17 in Cleveland, will be comprised of an East squad (Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia) and a West squad (Cleveland, Milwaukee, Kansas City) along with some special additions. Commissioner Steve Ryan will select players from the rosters of the Dallas Sidekicks, San Diego Sockers and St. Louis Steamers. Those three teams, coming from the now-defunct World Indoor Soccer League, recently joined the MISL and will officially begin play next season. ... The Wave, winner of eight straight to take over sole possesion of first place with a 13-4 mark, leads the MISL in offense and defense.

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