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September 26, 1991
The Maryland Bays, regular-season champions of the American Professional Soccer League, will continue their youth soccer clinic program this fall.The clinic program is conducted for individual teams throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. A Bays player will direct a team practice for up to an hour and a half.For more information, contact Rob Ryerson at the Bays' office: 880-0047 in Baltimore and 301-206-2500 in Washington.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2000
As the new commissioner of the National Professional Soccer League, Steve Ryan sees a bright, new beginning for a league that's about to begin its 17th season next month. Ryan, two weeks into the position after succeeding Steve Paxos, brings an extensive marketing background in professional sports, including 13 years with the National Hockey League as its president and chief operating officer of NHL Enterprises. Yesterday afternoon at Baltimore Blast headquarters, he talked about the NPSL's future and the role he'll play.
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By Doug Brown | November 3, 1994
In an effort to strengthen the target man position, the Spirit acquired Brad Smith from the Dayton Dynamo yesterday for cash.Smith, 29, played at California State and then five years in Germany and two seasons each with the Wichita Wings and Dayton of the National Professional Soccer League.Smith is scheduled to arrive tonight from Los Angeles, where he spent the summer with the Salsa of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League, and be available for games here tomorrow night against the Canton Invaders and Saturday night against the Cleveland Crunch.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2000
Washington was named yesterday as one of eight cities -- six on the East Coast -- to get teams in the first American women's professional soccer league, which hopes to begin play next April. John Hendricks, chairman of Bethesda's Discovery Communications Inc., will have half-interest in two teams -- Washington and San Francisco -- in the Women's United Soccer Association he has helped organize, bankroll and promote since last summer's Women's World Cup. The "single-entity" league owns all teams but has investors underwriting each franchise.
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By From Staff Reports | December 16, 1992
Three players with Maryland ties have been offered contracts and invited to train for the U.S. team that will compete in the 1994 World Cup. They are Desmond Armstrong, originally of Columbia, former Maryland Bays and Baltimore Blast forward Jean Harbor, who lives in Adelphi, and Bruce Murray of Germantown, a longtime member of the U.S. national team.Altogether, 20 U.S. National Team players received invitations yesterday to relocate to Mission Viejo, Calif., the training site for the U.S. team.
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August 21, 1991
John Liparini, founder and president of the American Professional Soccer League champion Maryland Bays, has announced that the club is seeking additional investors for the 1992 season.Because of their acceptance in the U.S. Soccer Federation's Professional Division, all APSL clubs will be required to expand their budgets for next season and beyond.Among the additions will be a fully staffed, year-round front office; eight to 12 players under contract full-time, and a stadium thatcan accommodate 6,000 to 10,000 fans.
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By Doug Brown | July 17, 1997
The Spirit has called a news conference today to make what general manager Drew Forrester calls "the single biggest announcement in the history of the franchise."It is believed to involve corporate backing and sponsorship that will be the foundation of the franchise for years to come. It also apparently involves a TV and/or radio arrangement."This is the biggest news we've had in our five years in the National Professional Soccer League," Forrester said, declining to be specific. "Within the league, we think it will be looked on as trend-setting."
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By Bill Free | April 24, 1991
The Major Soccer League will explore the possibility of adding four teams from the National Professional Soccer League at a meeting in two weeks, MSL commissioner Earl Foreman said yesterday.Foreman said he and Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale would represent the MSL at the meeting with NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos.There has been speculation in the past month that the eight-team MSL would merge with the nine-team, indoor NPSL, but Foreman said yesterday that "merger" is "too strong.""I see it more as an accommodation or consolidation," said Foreman.
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By Bill Free | September 28, 1991
Kevin Sloan, a force in the success of the Maryland Bays the past two seasons, is moving his act indoors with the Baltimore Blast.Sloan signed a one-year contract yesterday after impressing coach Kenny Cooper during five days of practice at William Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn.Sloan, a midfielder, will give the Blast quickness and hustle and figures to be popular with Baltimore fans. He helped Oakland Mills win the state soccer title as a sophomore and once scored six goals in a game for the Howard County high school.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1994
Pete Caringi withdrew from consideration for the Spirit coaching job after signing a five-year contract with UMBC yesterday.The withdrawal of Caringi, who in three years at UMBC has twice tied the school single-season record of 15 victories, narrows the Spirit's search to Dallas Sidekicks assistant Billy Phillips and ex-Blast forward Dave MacWilliams."
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1998
Major League Soccer's third annual championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this afternoon has a strong Middle Atlantic flavor.The game itself pits two-time defending champion D.C. United trying for its third straight MLS Cup against the Chicago Fire, a tough, defensive expansion team that won 24 of 36 games.Plus, two starters in the internationally televised match, being played for the first time on the West Coast, call greater Baltimore home.One will be an official, Monkton's Paul Tamberino.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1998
The Spirit may be broke, but pro indoor soccer has a future in Baltimore that will blend new management ideas with some features that are definitely retro.Banker-entrepreneur Edwin F. Hale Sr. confirmed yesterday reports over the weekend that he has bought the Spirit, whose out-of-town owner was going to put the money-losing team out of business tomorrow if 50,000 tickets for the 1998-99 season were not sold.That ticket drive became moot, at least as the Spirit's salvation, and Baltimore will play -- with cheaper tickets, the new owner said -- in the expanding, likely 15- or 16-team National Professional Soccer League this fall.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1997
Columbia-based investors, who twice in recent weeks have said an A-League pro soccer team would be playing in the Baltimore area next season, have delayed their plans by a year.Instead of next spring, said A.J. Ali, spokesman for the investors, a local team in pro soccer's top minor league will begin play in 1999, probably in Howard County."We missed our window of opportunity for going ahead with a team for next year," Ali said. That meant satisfying the paperwork and investment requirements set by the league's management, as well as lining up a suitable field.
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By Doug Brown | July 17, 1997
The Spirit has called a news conference today to make what general manager Drew Forrester calls "the single biggest announcement in the history of the franchise."It is believed to involve corporate backing and sponsorship that will be the foundation of the franchise for years to come. It also apparently involves a TV and/or radio arrangement."This is the biggest news we've had in our five years in the National Professional Soccer League," Forrester said, declining to be specific. "Within the league, we think it will be looked on as trend-setting."
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October 22, 1995
American DivisionBaltimore SpiritCoach: Dave MacWilliams, 2nd season (23-17).Last season: 23-17, 3rd in division; lost to Harrisburg in division semifinals.Key players: Leading scorer Kevin Sloan; goalies Cris Vaccaro and Joe Mallia; playmaker Franklin McIntosh; newcomers Zak Ibsen and Bobby Joe Esposito.Outlook: Sloan, who had a career-high 165 points last season, and McIntosh, Ibsen and Esposito are expected to lead the offense. Omid Namazi and Vaccaro anchor the defense. The Spirit, which was eliminated by Harrisburg in the first round of the playoffs the past three years, will need strong play at the end of the regular season to advance farther this time.
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By DOUG BROWN | February 22, 1995
Now Philadelphia is on the verge of joining the National Professional Soccer League.The 12-team NPSL has received an expansion-team application from a group headed by Philadelphia businessman Ed Tepper that wants to begin play in the 1996-97 season. League acceptance is expected to be a formality."After the success of our neutral-site game in Philadelphia last October, it was just a matter of time before Ed and his group formally applied," said NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos.Tepper staged the Spirit-Chicago Power game Oct. 22 at Philadelphia's CoreStates Spectrum before 9,371.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | September 21, 1994
One thing appears certain as the Spirit opens its first training camp under new coach Dave MacWilliams today at Du Burns Arena.Paul Wright, last season's leading scorer while on loan from the Los Angeles Salsa of the summer outdoor American Professional Soccer League, is unlikely to return. Wright intends to play in tournaments and exhibitions this fall and winter with the Salsa.In fact, few of the Spirit's top offensive players will be back for the team's National Professional Soccer League season.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
The season opener for the Baltimore Bays has been delayed six days because of a scheduling conflict involving the Connecticut Wolves.The Bays were supposed to open their indoor United States Interregional Soccer League season Saturday on the road against the Wolves, but Connecticut discovered it had no arena to play the game in."There were two things scheduled for the same time," said Bays coach Kevin Healey. "And the Wolves found out they didn't have the facility to use for the game against us."
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By Doug Brown | November 3, 1994
In an effort to strengthen the target man position, the Spirit acquired Brad Smith from the Dayton Dynamo yesterday for cash.Smith, 29, played at California State and then five years in Germany and two seasons each with the Wichita Wings and Dayton of the National Professional Soccer League.Smith is scheduled to arrive tonight from Los Angeles, where he spent the summer with the Salsa of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League, and be available for games here tomorrow night against the Canton Invaders and Saturday night against the Cleveland Crunch.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | October 26, 1994
Their Spirit debuts delayed by injuries, Jean Harbor and Philip Gyau are expected to play Nov. 4 and 5 here against the Canton Invaders and Cleveland Crunch.Both played the outdoor season for the Montreal Impact of the American Professional Soccer League. Gyau is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery last month, Harbor from a general battering."I'm jogging and striking [kicking] a little this week," Gyau said. "I'll practice with the team starting Monday and be ready for Canton and Cleveland."
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