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By Bill Free | November 14, 1991
The Baltimore Blast's search for an impact player centered on Jean Harbor yesterday after veteran midfielder Kai Haaskivi decided to return to the Cleveland Crunch this season instead of signing with the Blast."
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By Bill Free | January 22, 1992
The Baltimore Blast talked trade possibilities with two Major Soccer League teams yesterday in an attempt to bring an attacking midfielder or a goal-scoring forward to the team, said coach Kenny Cooper."
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By Bill Free | November 13, 1991
Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper, angered over the team's 1-4 start, said yesterday he was looking toward veteran Major Soccer League midfielder Kai Haaskivi and young Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor in an attempt to jump-start the sluggish Blast offense.Cooper said he has had several discussions with Haaskivi, including a 30-minute conversation last night, and he plans to meet with Harbor in the next couple of days."We're one or two players away," said Cooper. "Kai Haaskivi is the kind of player who can set our offense up by holding the ball until the right moment.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | November 14, 1991
Each side came with their questions, and when the evening meeting in Columbia was over, the Blast and Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor were closer to an understanding. Whether that translates into contract terms remains to be seen."In 2 1/2 hours we went from not knowing anything about each other to all of us going in the same direction," said Blast vice president Drew Forrester. "I don't want to cast this in the wrong light. But I think we're a lot closer to having an agreement than to not having one."
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By Bill Free | February 2, 1991
Kai Haaskivi walked into his Cleveland home the other day after a two-hour workout and asked his wife, Maarit, "What do I do for the rest of the day?"The former Baltimore Blast midfielder is just a player these days, having been fired as the Cleveland Crunch's coach eight games ago."I know now why coaches have always said that being a player is the easiest job," said Haaskivi, who comes to town tonight with the Crunch for a 7:30 game at the Baltimore Arena. "Two hours and you're done. As a coach, I spent 24 hours a day looking at film, dealing with players and thinking about what we could do to improve the team."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | November 14, 1991
Each side came with their questions, and when the evening meeting in Columbia was over, the Blast and Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor were closer to an understanding. Whether that translates into contract terms remains to be seen."In 2 1/2 hours we went from not knowing anything about each other to all of us going in the same direction," said Blast vice president Drew Forrester. "I don't want to cast this in the wrong light. But I think we're a lot closer to having an agreement than to not having one."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | December 31, 1990
Kai Haaskivi was on the bench in Cleveland last night, not as coach, but as player, offering encouragement wherever he could."I have no problem being a player under another head coach," Haaskivi said. "Maybe because I've been able to play so little lately, I enjoy being a player as much as ever."Following Friday night's 10-4 loss to St. Louis, Haaskivi was fired as coach. Assistant Trevor Dawkins was promoted.The change didn't seem to have too much impact. The Crunch lost again yesterday, 6-4, to Kansas City.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | November 13, 1991
Kai Haaskivi was beside himself last night. "Just sitting here flipping coins," he said. "Digging for bones." Trying to sort through his emotions and reach a decision fair to all sides.Blast coach Kenny Cooper has asked Haaskivi, the veteran All-Star midfielder, to join the Blast and help create some offense. With his team 1-4, Cooper is not waiting for miracles. He's trying to create some.Besides Haaskivi, Blast vice president Drew Forrester said he is also trying to reach Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | December 21, 1990
Cleveland midfielder Mike Sweeney, who spent the 1988-89 season with the Blast, will not play for the Crunch tonight against San Diego because of "irreconcilable differences."Sweeney is listed on the Crunch's 18-man roster, but he has been taken off the active list. "He is not playing, not practicing, not dressing. He is not in our plans," coach Kai Haaskivi said last night.Sweeney says the reason is because he criticized Haaskivi during two team meetings. Said Haaskivi: "I am the coach and I am trying to make the team better.
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By Bill Free | January 22, 1992
The Baltimore Blast talked trade possibilities with two Major Soccer League teams yesterday in an attempt to bring an attacking midfielder or a goal-scoring forward to the team, said coach Kenny Cooper."
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By Bill Free | November 14, 1991
The Baltimore Blast's search for an impact player centered on Jean Harbor yesterday after veteran midfielder Kai Haaskivi decided to return to the Cleveland Crunch this season instead of signing with the Blast."
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By Bill Free | November 13, 1991
Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper, angered over the team's 1-4 start, said yesterday he was looking toward veteran Major Soccer League midfielder Kai Haaskivi and young Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor in an attempt to jump-start the sluggish Blast offense.Cooper said he has had several discussions with Haaskivi, including a 30-minute conversation last night, and he plans to meet with Harbor in the next couple of days."We're one or two players away," said Cooper. "Kai Haaskivi is the kind of player who can set our offense up by holding the ball until the right moment.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | November 13, 1991
Kai Haaskivi was beside himself last night. "Just sitting here flipping coins," he said. "Digging for bones." Trying to sort through his emotions and reach a decision fair to all sides.Blast coach Kenny Cooper has asked Haaskivi, the veteran All-Star midfielder, to join the Blast and help create some offense. With his team 1-4, Cooper is not waiting for miracles. He's trying to create some.Besides Haaskivi, Blast vice president Drew Forrester said he is also trying to reach Maryland Bays forward Jean Harbor.
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By Bill Free | February 2, 1991
Kai Haaskivi walked into his Cleveland home the other day after a two-hour workout and asked his wife, Maarit, "What do I do for the rest of the day?"The former Baltimore Blast midfielder is just a player these days, having been fired as the Cleveland Crunch's coach eight games ago."I know now why coaches have always said that being a player is the easiest job," said Haaskivi, who comes to town tonight with the Crunch for a 7:30 game at the Baltimore Arena. "Two hours and you're done. As a coach, I spent 24 hours a day looking at film, dealing with players and thinking about what we could do to improve the team."
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By Bill Tanton | February 1, 1991
The Loyola-Towson State basketball game coming up Monday night at the Towson Center may be the best local matchup of the season. Both teams are rolling right now.Loyola has upset Iona and Siena in its last two starts. That's even more impressive than the Greyhounds' midseason, back-to-back wins last year over Army and Navy.Loyola appears to have turned the corner under second-year coach Tom Schneider. The win over Iona, whose talent was clearly superior, was a coaching victory for Schneider.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | December 31, 1990
Kai Haaskivi was on the bench in Cleveland last night, not as coach, but as player, offering encouragement wherever he could."I have no problem being a player under another head coach," Haaskivi said. "Maybe because I've been able to play so little lately, I enjoy being a player as much as ever."Following Friday night's 10-4 loss to St. Louis, Haaskivi was fired as coach. Assistant Trevor Dawkins was promoted.The change didn't seem to have too much impact. The Crunch lost again yesterday, 6-4, to Kansas City.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | October 29, 1990
Cleveland coach Kai Haaskivi, whose team plays here tomorrow at the Arena, watched the Blast lose in Kansas City Friday and then made two observations that are turning out to be prophetic.* First, teams are going to have to change their thinking when they're up by margins like 4-0 or 5-1, and realize the game is a long way from being over.* And second, the rules that have expanded the goal by 30 percent and put defenders at a disadvantage on free kicks, with a 15-foot margin between them and the ball, are going to be felt more severely in the Baltimore Arena than anywhere else in the league.
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By Bill Tanton | February 1, 1991
The Loyola-Towson State basketball game coming up Monday night at the Towson Center may be the best local matchup of the season. Both teams are rolling right now.Loyola has upset Iona and Siena in its last two starts. That's even more impressive than the Greyhounds' midseason, back-to-back wins last year over Army and Navy.Loyola appears to have turned the corner under second-year coach Tom Schneider. The win over Iona, whose talent was clearly superior, was a coaching victory for Schneider.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | December 21, 1990
Cleveland midfielder Mike Sweeney, who spent the 1988-89 season with the Blast, will not play for the Crunch tonight against San Diego because of "irreconcilable differences."Sweeney is listed on the Crunch's 18-man roster, but he has been taken off the active list. "He is not playing, not practicing, not dressing. He is not in our plans," coach Kai Haaskivi said last night.Sweeney says the reason is because he criticized Haaskivi during two team meetings. Said Haaskivi: "I am the coach and I am trying to make the team better.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | October 29, 1990
Cleveland coach Kai Haaskivi, whose team plays here tomorrow at the Arena, watched the Blast lose in Kansas City Friday and then made two observations that are turning out to be prophetic.* First, teams are going to have to change their thinking when they're up by margins like 4-0 or 5-1, and realize the game is a long way from being over.* And second, the rules that have expanded the goal by 30 percent and put defenders at a disadvantage on free kicks, with a 15-foot margin between them and the ball, are going to be felt more severely in the Baltimore Arena than anywhere else in the league.
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