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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2001
The subjects can range from explosive speed to vintage passes to supreme confidence. Winning championships, scoring goals, defending and working as hard in the gym as on the field are also thrown in. Blast midfielder Paul Wright, 32, whose actions have spoken louder than words in the early season, is the no-beating-around-the-bush authority. "I've always thought I'm the best all-around player in the league," he said. "Whether I perform like that all the time is another story. I can't shine every game, but I try to do it as much as I can. I push myself - if I have an average game, I want to have a great game; if I have a great game, I want to have another great game on top of that."
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By Bill Free | October 27, 1991
The four-month Paul Wright saga finally ended last night, when the Baltimore Blast and San Diego Sockers completed a deal to send Wright back to the Sockers for an estimated $10,000 in cash and a third-round selection in the 1992 Major Soccer League draft.The Sockers also agreed to pay Wright the $12,500 in back salary that arbitrator George Nicolau ordered Baltimore to pay the midfielder last Wednesday.Nicolau also had ruled that Wright was the property of the Blast and Baltimore must send Wright a ticket for a flight to Baltimore by Friday night if it had not completed a trade by that time.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2004
Blast goalie Scott Hileman caught the ball and then, in an official's opinion, carried it out of the goal box. The veteran heard the whistle and turned, stunned. He looked down, saw where he and the ball were and fell to his knees, his head clasped in his hands. There were just 59 seconds to play in this Major Indoor Soccer League game against San Diego, and the Blast had a two-goal lead. But suddenly, the 1st Mariner Arena was bedlam. Hileman would have to leave the field for two minutes for committing a hand-ball violation and, 15 seconds after that, Blast midfielder P.J. Wakefield would be ejected for abusive language, giving the Sockers a two-man advantage against backup goalie Brian Rowland.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
The Blast announced yesterday that it has placed standout midfielder Paul Wright on waivers instead of sending him to the San Diego Diego Sockers in a proposed trade that was set earlier in the day. Wright, 33, became disgruntled after Kevin Healey was fired as coach earlier this month, saying the players should be held accountable for the team's poor start. The midfielder, who leads the team in scoring with 24 points and ranks second in franchise career points (460) and assists (161)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | January 29, 1994
The Yugoslavian Connection is once more with the Spirit.Mike Stankovic-to-Goran Hunjak hadn't been an item since last March, when Stankovic, the assistant coach, was activated and played in four games.Activated again Thursday, Stankovic and Hunjak accounted for 13 points. Stankovic assisted on two Hunjak goals and Hunjak was fed by Tarik Walker, Clark Brisson and Eric Dade on three others. His five goals tied Paul Wright's team record and his 11 points broke Tim Wittman's mark set last season.
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By Bryan Rodgers and Bryan Rodgers,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 2002
SAN DIEGO -- Payback came quick for Paul Wright. The former Blast forward, who was recently released after a dispute with management, scored on his first shot and helped lead the San Diego Sockers to a 14-8 victory over the Blast in front of 3,860 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena last night. Wright's goal came after just 1:19 of action. San Diego (6-12), which had been mired in a six-game losing streak, propelled Wright's goal into a flurry of first-quarter success. The Sockers led 6-0 after one quarter thanks to a pair of Anthony Farace goals.
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By Bill Free | September 7, 1991
San Diego executive vice president Randy Bernstein said yesterday that he won't be able to complete a trade to bring talented forward Paul Wright back to the Sockers from the Baltimore Blast."
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By Bill Free | September 11, 1991
Paul Wright has changed his stand against the Baltimore Blast and said last night he would play for the team if the two sides could come to an agreement on how much he should be paid for the 1991-92 season.Wright, the impact player from the San Diego Sockers who was picked up on waivers last June by the Blast, said: "I've told the Blast I'd be happy to come to Baltimore and play. Rod Castro [former Sockers midfielder] is there, and I'd enjoy playing with him. All I want is them to honor the $60,000 contract I had with San Diego and pay me for July and August when I report to camp."
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By Bill Free | September 14, 1991
The Baltimore Blast placed forward Paul Wright on the suspended list yesterday after he told the team he could not accept a $20,000 reduction in his contract and consequently would not report to the first day of training camp Tuesday.Drew Forrester, Blast vice president of soccer operations, said he informed Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman's office, the MSL Players Association and Wright of the decision after a telephone conversation with Wright yesterday afternoon.Wright, who was picked up on waivers from the San Diego Sockers in June, said from San Diego last night that Baltimore's decision to suspend him displeased him, "but I was prepared for it. I've already filed a grievance against them with the players association."
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By Sandra McKee | November 21, 2003
Blast tonight Matchup: San Diego Sockers (2-4) vs. Blast (4-3) Site: 1st Mariner Arena Time: 7:35 Radio: WCBM (680 AM) Outlook: The Sockers bring a two-game winning streak into the arena tonight, as does the Blast. The Blast has shown an improved work ethic and produced 16 goals in its last two games. San Diego, meanwhile, appears to be blending its veteran and young talent better after an 0-4 start in which it was playing without Paul Wright (suspension). This is the first meeting between the teams this season.
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By Bryan Rodgers and Bryan Rodgers,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 2002
SAN DIEGO -- Payback came quick for Paul Wright. The former Blast forward, who was recently released after a dispute with management, scored on his first shot and helped lead the San Diego Sockers to a 14-8 victory over the Blast in front of 3,860 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena last night. Wright's goal came after just 1:19 of action. San Diego (6-12), which had been mired in a six-game losing streak, propelled Wright's goal into a flurry of first-quarter success. The Sockers led 6-0 after one quarter thanks to a pair of Anthony Farace goals.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2002
Focus - not cheering or assumptions it was wrapped up - is what former Blast head coach and current general manager Kevin Healey saw from his players when he looked into the locker room at halftime that night. So much so, he went against the norm by staying inside the coaching room for much of the break. The 30 minutes of play that followed, disastrous by all accounts, would change the team from then - April 29, 2001 - to now. At the time, the Blast saw its carefully designed plan to reach the top dramatically tumble when, one half from reaching the elusive championship round, a 10-2 lead against the visiting Philadelphia KiXX changed into a harsh and stunning 16-15 defeat.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
The Blast announced yesterday that it has placed standout midfielder Paul Wright on waivers instead of sending him to the San Diego Diego Sockers in a proposed trade that was set earlier in the day. Wright, 33, became disgruntled after Kevin Healey was fired as coach earlier this month, saying the players should be held accountable for the team's poor start. The midfielder, who leads the team in scoring with 24 points and ranks second in franchise career points (460) and assists (161)
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2002
Invitations were sent out yesterday for next month's Major Indoor Soccer League All-Star Game in Cleveland with five players representing the Blast. Named as East squad starters from the Blast were defender Sean Bowers and midfielders Denison Cabral and Paul Wright. Defender Lance Johnson and goalkeeper Scott Hileman were chosen as reserves. The game, set for 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Gund Arena, will be the highlight of the inaugural MISL All-Star Weekend. The three-day event will start Feb. 15 and include a skills competition and legends game.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - The win helps in the standings, solves a disturbing four-game mystery against the Philadelphia KiXX and salvages what could have been a potentially lost weekend. But more than anything else, the Blast's 20-10 victory against the KiXX at First Union Spectrum yesterday was simply about what's inside. As Blast captain Lance Johnson put it before the game: "Let's get some respect back." So after its fourth consecutive loss against the KiXX on Friday, 17-12, followed by an unexpected heart-to-heart meeting on Saturday morning, the Blast answered every question with a little extra yesterday.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2000
When teams prepare to face the Blast, according to coach Kevin Healey, they can't focus on stopping one player. They may have to now. And it is not leading scorer and lone All-Star Denison Cabral, but rather Mark Thomas, whose 65 points are fourth on the team. Sixty-five at this point of the season is not an overwhelming number, but 37 have come over the past eight games, including 10 in Sunday's 34-15 win over Kansas City. "He's been key," Healey said. "I don't think it was a coincidence that we didn't do that well earlier in the year, when he was injured.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | November 16, 1993
Spirit coach Kenny Cooper couldn't have picked a more challenging time for rookie goalie Shawn Boehmcke's pro indoor soccer debut.After Cris Vaccaro picked up Friday night's win in Harrisburg, Pa., the Spirit drove six hours by bus to Canton, Ohio, for Saturday night's game against the Invaders.Boehmcke, who had a school-record 42 shutouts at Loyola College, would start, Cooper decided."There was a huge crowd packed in a small building and Canton was fired up," Cooper said. "The crowd's right on top of you. It's hard to think straight in that building.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2001
Putting the ball in the net had never been an issue for the Blast in coach Kevin Healey's previous three years. The sources have always been plentiful, from a powerful front line to quick and creative midfielders to defenders capable of jumping in the offensive flow. This season, goal production is no longer taken for granted. "What we're working on this week is really something I didn't think we'd ever have to work on, because, in four years, it's never been a problem - and that's scoring goals," Healey said.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2001
The subjects can range from explosive speed to vintage passes to supreme confidence. Winning championships, scoring goals, defending and working as hard in the gym as on the field are also thrown in. Blast midfielder Paul Wright, 32, whose actions have spoken louder than words in the early season, is the no-beating-around-the-bush authority. "I've always thought I'm the best all-around player in the league," he said. "Whether I perform like that all the time is another story. I can't shine every game, but I try to do it as much as I can. I push myself - if I have an average game, I want to have a great game; if I have a great game, I want to have another great game on top of that."
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