Blast lose three players in MISL expansion draft

GK Rowland, Pizzolitto, Moreno selected by California Cougars

Soccer

June 22, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

The Baltimore Blast lost three players to the California Cougars in Wednesday afternoon's MISL Expansion Draft as goalkeeper Brian Rowland, defender Nevio Pizzolitto and forward Alejandro Moreno were selected.

"Unfortunately, with an expansion draft, teams are going to lose valuable players," Blast general manager Kevin Healey said. "Brian is an excellent goalkeeper with a bright future and we wish him the best of luck. Nevio and Alejandro are also outstanding additions to the Cougars' roster."

Rowland, a graduate of UMBC, played in 22 games for the Blast last season and posted an 8-11 record. Rowland ranked fourth in the MISL in save percentage (.708) and was named MISL goalkeeper of the week three times last season.

The Blast acquired both Pizzolitto and Moreno in January in the MISL Dispersal Draft, though neither player made Baltimore's active roster. Pizzolitto, a member of the Canadian National Team, started the 2004-05 season with the Sockers, recording five assists.

Moreno had five goals and one assist in six games for the now-defunct Monterrey Fury at the start of the 2004-05 season.

June 22, 2005, 5:16 PM EDT

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