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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1995
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Bayfront Center sits white and glistening in the Florida sun, across Bayfront Drive from the Gulf of Mexico. Inside the building is a familiar, harried man.Kenny Cooper, the man who brought professional indoor soccer to Baltimore 15 years ago, is in the midst of doing it all over again in this quiet, slow-paced city that, with its sister city, Tampa, is being shaken awake by a sports revolution.Since the Tampa Bay Terror of the National Professional Soccer League announced its arrival, Major League Baseball has announced it will expand here; Major League Soccer, the new professional outdoor league, announced it will come here, and campaigns have begun to sell sky boxes for the NHL, NFL and baseball teams.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2004
When Kenny Cooper walks through Baltimore-Washington International Airport, people still call him "Coach" and ask about the team. And though Cooper is now a businessman in Dallas, it is fitting he is still identified with the indoor soccer team that would not even have come to Baltimore if not for him. Cooper and all-star players Mike Stankovic and the late Stan Stamenkovic will become the first inductees into the Blast Hall of Fame tonight during a...
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By Doug Brown | November 6, 1995
Saturday night: The Spirit improved to 3-0, dealing its former coach, Kenny Cooper, a third straight loss with his new team, Tampa Bay, 14-9, at the Baltimore Arena.What's ahead: At Harrisburg, Saturday night.Injuries: G Cris Vaccaro (strained elbow), F Brad Smith (sprained knee) and D Omid Namazi (sprained ankle) are doubtful.They said it: "Close isn't good enough. When we got close [12-9] in the fourth quarter, we were right where we needed to be. We had great opportunities, but their experience took over."
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November 23, 2002
What:Tribute to the 1983-84 MISL champion Blast Where:1st Mariner Arena When:Tonight; 1983-84 Blast vs. Baltimore Legends, 5:30 p.m.; pre-game parade and ceremony, 7:10 p.m.; Blast vs. San Diego Sockers, 7:35 p.m. 1983-84 Blast roster:Keith Van Eron, Bobby McAvan, Heinz Wirtz, Mike Stankovic, Dave MacWilliams, Paul Kitson, Max Thompson, Pat Ercoli, Jim Polihan, Joey Fink, Richard Chinapoo, Tim Wittman, Adrian Brooks, Nick Mangione, Lou Nagy, Scott Manning,...
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December 21, 1990
ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS.`* MSL regular season 235-135* Overall regular season indoors 272-166* MSL playoffs 64-31* Overall playoffs indoors 75-31* All-time pro coaching record 566-361-27(Includes indoors, outdoors, regular season and playoffs)NEWMAN VS. ACTIVE MSL COACHES&Reg. Season Playoffsvs. Kenny Cooper, Blast 14-21 15-8vs. Kai Haaskivi, Cleveland 8-3 0-0vs. Billy Phillips, Dallas 9-5 8-5vs. Dave Clements, Kansas City 20-13 7-5vs. Don Popovic, St. Louis 16-13 5-1vs. Keith Weller, Tacoma 2-4 0-0vs.
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By Paul McMullen | April 29, 1991
Kenny Cooper was the most notable absentee from yesterday's exhibition loss to the Maryland Bays, as the Blast coach spent his third day under observation at a local hospital.Cooper was admitted Friday afternoon complaining of abdominal pain, and he will be hospitalized indefinitely."This is a recurrence of something I had six years ago," Cooper told a Blast spokesman via telephone at halftime of yesterday's game. "I had some stomach pain late Thursday night and decided to get it checked out on Friday.
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November 23, 2002
What:Tribute to the 1983-84 MISL champion Blast Where:1st Mariner Arena When:Tonight; 1983-84 Blast vs. Baltimore Legends, 5:30 p.m.; pre-game parade and ceremony, 7:10 p.m.; Blast vs. San Diego Sockers, 7:35 p.m. 1983-84 Blast roster:Keith Van Eron, Bobby McAvan, Heinz Wirtz, Mike Stankovic, Dave MacWilliams, Paul Kitson, Max Thompson, Pat Ercoli, Jim Polihan, Joey Fink, Richard Chinapoo, Tim Wittman, Adrian Brooks, Nick Mangione, Lou Nagy, Scott Manning,...
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March 28, 1995
THE National Professional Soccer League's season is once again winding to a close and Baltimore Spirit fans can only shake their heads and wonder at the difference a year makes.An announcer on ESPN 2 called the Spirit's new game "artistic" and "free-flowing." Some might call it a "free-for-all." Are the Spirit's new players passionate, or do they just have a bad attitude? That may be a matter of opinion, but the fact is Baltimore soccer has certainly been different since Kenny Cooper left town.
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September 26, 1991
Virtually nothing springs as eternal as soccer fanatics' hopes that the international game will catch on big-time in the United States. The latest off-shoot is the vision of Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper and others that it might be feasible to include two English teams in the Major Soccer League -- and maybe a team or two from Mexico.Fanciful stuff? Perhaps. Yet why not a team or two from Canada as well? That would make it a four-nation league.The MSL still is tottering on the edge of extinction.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Coach Kenny Cooper hit his Tampa Bay Terror players with a one-two-three punch early this week.First, he told them, cancel any extended Christmas leave plans. There will be practice every day except Christmas itself.Second, he initiated two-a-day practices.Third, he fined everyone -- including himself -- $100.In its first season, the Terror is 3-9 and three established National Professional Soccer League teams have worse records, but that doesn't satisfy Cooper.He was irked that the Terror lost twice to the Cleveland Crunch last weekend, by seven points and one. Never mind that Cleveland has the best record, 12-1, in the league; at least one of those games should have been Tampa Bay's.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 9, 1996
Kenny Cooper refers to his former player and assistant Mike Stankovic as a brother. Even with Cooper coaching in Tampa, Fla., and Stankovic making the calls for the Spirit, they still talk every day.Tonight is a special reunion as Cooper and Stankovic put aside their 12-year friendship and go head-to-head as opposing coaches for the first time."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1996
Frustrated and exasperated by the Spirit's unresponsiveness to his urgings, Dave MacWilliams stepped down as coach yesterday.He and general manager Drew Forrester said the move was by mutual agreement. The Spirit has lost five of its past six games and eight of its past 11, dropping from second to fourth place in the National Professional Soccer League's American Division.The logical successor is Mike Stankovic, an assistant under former coach Kenny Cooper who has been a player exclusively under MacWilliams.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Coach Kenny Cooper hit his Tampa Bay Terror players with a one-two-three punch early this week.First, he told them, cancel any extended Christmas leave plans. There will be practice every day except Christmas itself.Second, he initiated two-a-day practices.Third, he fined everyone -- including himself -- $100.In its first season, the Terror is 3-9 and three established National Professional Soccer League teams have worse records, but that doesn't satisfy Cooper.He was irked that the Terror lost twice to the Cleveland Crunch last weekend, by seven points and one. Never mind that Cleveland has the best record, 12-1, in the league; at least one of those games should have been Tampa Bay's.
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By Doug Brown | November 6, 1995
Saturday night: The Spirit improved to 3-0, dealing its former coach, Kenny Cooper, a third straight loss with his new team, Tampa Bay, 14-9, at the Baltimore Arena.What's ahead: At Harrisburg, Saturday night.Injuries: G Cris Vaccaro (strained elbow), F Brad Smith (sprained knee) and D Omid Namazi (sprained ankle) are doubtful.They said it: "Close isn't good enough. When we got close [12-9] in the fourth quarter, we were right where we needed to be. We had great opportunities, but their experience took over."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1995
Joe Mallia played for Kenny Cooper for only a month, with the old Blast in 1991, but the coach left an indelible impression on the young goalie."He demands a lot of professionalism from his players and he doesn't accept losing," Mallia said.That's putting it mildly. Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams vividly recalls a halftime tirade. Such outbursts were routine, but this one had a humorous twist."Kenny is animated and he gets excited," MacWilliams said. "Well, he was yelling and trying to shake us up. Emphasizing a point, he kicked at a cardboard box and got his foot stuck.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1995
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Bayfront Center sits white and glistening in the Florida sun, across Bayfront Drive from the Gulf of Mexico. Inside the building is a familiar, harried man.Kenny Cooper, the man who brought professional indoor soccer to Baltimore 15 years ago, is in the midst of doing it all over again in this quiet, slow-paced city that, with its sister city, Tampa, is being shaken awake by a sports revolution.Since the Tampa Bay Terror of the National Professional Soccer League announced its arrival, Major League Baseball has announced it will expand here; Major League Soccer, the new professional outdoor league, announced it will come here, and campaigns have begun to sell sky boxes for the NHL, NFL and baseball teams.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 9, 1996
Kenny Cooper refers to his former player and assistant Mike Stankovic as a brother. Even with Cooper coaching in Tampa, Fla., and Stankovic making the calls for the Spirit, they still talk every day.Tonight is a special reunion as Cooper and Stankovic put aside their 12-year friendship and go head-to-head as opposing coaches for the first time."
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By Doug Brown | August 8, 1994
A group spearheaded by Kenny Cooper says it expects this week to be awarded a National Professional Soccer League expansion franchise for the 1995-96 season.Cooper, who stepped down after last season as Spirit coach and then as president and general manager, is backed by Bill Collins, a telecommunications executive in northern Virginia who owns several minor-league baseball teams.Cooper did not identify the city where the expansion franchise would be located, mentioning Greensboro, N.C.; Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida; Houston and Austin, Texas; and Fairfax, Va., as possibilities.
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March 28, 1995
THE National Professional Soccer League's season is once again winding to a close and Baltimore Spirit fans can only shake their heads and wonder at the difference a year makes.An announcer on ESPN 2 called the Spirit's new game "artistic" and "free-flowing." Some might call it a "free-for-all." Are the Spirit's new players passionate, or do they just have a bad attitude? That may be a matter of opinion, but the fact is Baltimore soccer has certainly been different since Kenny Cooper left town.
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By BILL TANTON | February 16, 1995
It's never easy for indoor soccer in our town, but people continue to come forth and keep the flame burning.Other sports? Hey, it doesn't matter what they do. The citizens take their lumps and come back for more, money in hand.The NFL put this city through all kinds of hoops. It made us sell out an exhibition game to prove -- after all those years of great support in Baltimore -- that this is a football town. It made us buy season tickets for a nonexistent team.And then it kicked us in the teeth.
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