Colts FC in semifinal for U.S. cup tomorrow

Unlimited team mostly Towson, Loyola alumni


July 18, 2002|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Colts Football Club will attempt this weekend to do what no other men's unlimited soccer team from Maryland has done, win the National Amateur Cup.

The Baltimore Colts FC, dominated by men who played their college ball for Loyola or Towson, swept eight games against state and regional competition to advance to the final four of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association event.

The semifinals and title games will be played at the United German Hungarian Soccer Club in Oakford, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb.

In tomorrow's semifinals, the Baltimore Colts FC faces the Iguana FC, which consists of Alabama-Birmingham alumni, at 8 p.m. The defending champion Milwaukee Bavarians will play North Huntington Beach of Southern California in an earlier semifinal. The winners come back for Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game.

"A lot of us used to play for Hummer's with Kevin Healey, and we formed this team after he went to the Blast," player-coach Frank Assaro said. "This is our sixth year in existence, and we've won just about everything except this tournament. The tournament began in 1914, and no Maryland team has ever won it."

The Baltimore Colts FC starts Duncan Gladwin and Machel Millwood on the front line. Its midfield usually consists of Bill Wnek, Simon Hodkin, Barry Stitz, Chris Hallatt and Randy Tolson. The back line has Todd Hicks, Mike Nelson and Kevin Wise, and Andy Hicks starts in the goal.

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