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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | February 14, 1992
The East had all the stats and the West had Preki and Branko Segota.Enough said.Preki and Segota last night put on an All-Star Game scoring show that won't soon be forgotten, leading the West to a 14-9 victory over the East in the 13th MSL All-Star Game and the first playedat the Baltimore Arena.Preki (two goals, five assists) and Segota (three goals, three assists) combined for 13 points in a performance that shattered All-Star records.The East didn't fare too badly itself in the 23-goal explosion that easily surpassed the All-Star record of 18 in 1985.
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By PHIL JACKMAN and PHIL JACKMAN,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1999
Present-day players Victor Nogueira, the Milwaukee goalie, and defender Kim Roentved of Wichita have been named to a "Stars of the Century" all-star squad conjured up by the Gannett News Service. An ex-Baltimore Spirit player, Branko Segota, joins Tatu and Steve Zungul as the men up front, while defender Kevin Crow completes the first team. Oops, did someone say Stan Stamenkovic? Ron Newman (San Diego Sockers of the old Major Indoor Soccer League) was named top coach, which should make ex-Blaster Kenny Cooper very happy.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | January 7, 1991
His contract is no cut, no trade. It also exceeds the Major Soccer League's salary cap by $30,000.But San Diego Sockers midfielder Branko Segota may have put that package at risk by going AWOL between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.As he awaits a meeting today with team owner Ron Cady, Segota had better hope he has read the small print of that contract, because there is little doubt Cady will be reading it with a magnifying glass.When Segota asked coach Ron Newman for time off to go home to Yugoslavia to visit his girlfriend between the Sockers' Dec. 27 game and their next game Jan. 4, Newman said no, giving several reasons:* Yugoslavia was too far to go in too short a time.
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November 1, 1997
Opponent: St. Louis AmbushSite: Baltimore ArenaTime: 7: 35Radio: WCBM (680 AM)Outlook: The Spirit (0-1) will be better manned for its home opener than it was while losing in Philadelphia as Branko Segota (injured knee) returns to the forward line. The team also signed forward Dejan Belic this week. St. Louis (2-0), the defending Midwest Division champ, owns victories over Wichita and Cincinnati.Pub Date: 11/01/97
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | February 14, 1992
The East had all the stats and the West had Preki and Branko Segota.Enough said.Preki and Segota last night put on a scoring show that won't be forgotten soon, leading the West to a 14-9 victory over the East in the 13th MSL All-Star Game, the first played at the Baltimore Arena. A crowd of 7,145 braved ice and snow to watch it.Preki (two goals, five assists) and Segota (three goals, three assists) combined for 13 points in a performance that shattered All-Star records.The East didn't fare badly itself in the 23-goal explosion that easily surpassed the All-Star record of 18 in 1985.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1997
For a couple of teams hovering near .500 for much of the season, it's amazing how the Spirit and the Philadelphia Kixx have remained 1-2 in the NPSL East Division race.They're now 1-1, tied for the lead, both at .500, after the Spirit pummeled the Kixx, 17-8, last night before 5,289 at the Baltimore Arena. The Spirit (12-12) broke it open by scoring the game's final eight points in the fourth quarter.Philadelphia (11-11) has lost 10 of its past 14 games after a 7-1 start. The Spirit, since a modest spurt of five wins in seven games, has dropped six of its past 10.Consistency clearly is not a virtue of either team.
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By Mark McColl and Mark McColl,Special to The Sun | December 28, 1991
ST. LOUIS -- Old is in these days with the St. Louis Storm, where Slobo Ilijevski and Branko Segota refuse to act their age.Ilijevski and Segota, two of the Major Soccer League's elder statesmen, played prominent roles as the Storm beat the Baltimore Blast, 10-6, last night.Segota, 30, who broke into the league in 1978-79, recorded three assists to become the second MSL player to reach the 800-point mark. He has 801 in 11 seasons.Ilijevski, 42, by far the oldest player in the league, proved he still has some quality time left.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Branko Segota had just been introduced as the newest member of the Spirit yesterday when he was asked if half of his 10 championship rings had been won in title series played at the Baltimore Arena.Segota smiled."Not half. Four," he said. "But there was one other series when I was with the New York Arrows in which we beat the Blast [the defunct team that played in the old Major Indoor Soccer League] in an early round. . . . I've had a lot of success in Baltimore."Now, maybe, the home team can benefit from it.The Spirit has signed Segota, 34, possibly the best indoor soccer player in the world, to a two-year contract that will run through Sept.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1997
CLEVELAND -- If his Spirit teammates ever wondered why he has 10 indoor soccer championship rings, Branko Segota is showing them.Since raising his game another notch once the playoffs started, the 35-year-old veteran has eight goals and four assists -- high in the National Professional Soccer League -- in three games.His four goals and two assists last night before a Cleveland State Convocation Center crowd of 7,453 spurred the Spirit to a 19-14 victory over the Cleveland Crunch in the opening game of their second-round playoff series.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Philadelphia Kixx coach Dave MacWilliams expected a defensive battle against the Spirit.He got it, although the score didn't necessarily reflect it."In the playoffs in particular, the team that makes the fewest mistakes, and plays disciplined, will come out on top," MacWilliams said. "Teams step it up in the playoffs. It's tougher to score."Sure enough, the Spirit had a mere 4-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat Philadelphia, 15-8, in a tense National Professional Soccer League playoff opener last night before 3,419 at Baltimore Arena.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1997
On the surface, it appears to be a gutsy, maybe even foolhardy move, the Spirit going with a seemingly callow rookie in goal against the potent St. Louis Ambush in its home opener Saturday.But Khalil Azmi, who is drawing the assignment, is hardly your fuzzy-cheeked, gee-I'm-glad-to-be-here young man. To begin with, Azmi took up residence in goal in 1981 in his native Morocco and rose all the way to become his country's goalie in World Cup '94. On the way and during seven qualifying games, he registered four shutouts before going 0-2 in the Cup competition itself.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1997
CLEVELAND -- If his Spirit teammates ever wondered why he has 10 indoor soccer championship rings, Branko Segota is showing them.Since raising his game another notch once the playoffs started, the 35-year-old veteran has eight goals and four assists -- high in the National Professional Soccer League -- in three games.His four goals and two assists last night before a Cleveland State Convocation Center crowd of 7,453 spurred the Spirit to a 19-14 victory over the Cleveland Crunch in the opening game of their second-round playoff series.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Playing textbook indoor soccer, the Spirit charged into the second round of the National Professional Soccer League playoffs.The Spirit's 18-8 domination of the Philadelphia Kixx yesterday before 6,837 at the CoreStates Spectrum probably was the team's best-played game of the season. It completed a two-game, first-round sweep of the Kixx."When you talk about a full 60 minutes, team defense, intensity, determination, heart, whatever, it was all done today," goalie-assistant coach Cris Vaccaro said.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Philadelphia Kixx coach Dave MacWilliams expected a defensive battle against the Spirit.He got it, although the score didn't necessarily reflect it."In the playoffs in particular, the team that makes the fewest mistakes, and plays disciplined, will come out on top," MacWilliams said. "Teams step it up in the playoffs. It's tougher to score."Sure enough, the Spirit had a mere 4-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat Philadelphia, 15-8, in a tense National Professional Soccer League playoff opener last night before 3,419 at Baltimore Arena.
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By Dan Hickling and Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 1997
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It would have been tempting for the Spirit to take yesterday afternoon off, against the feeble Toronto Shooting Stars.At 5-28, the Stars have the worst record in the league, with 11 of their losses reaching double-digit margins.But any danger of a letdown disappeared Saturday when Baltimore dropped its crucial showdown with Harrisburg for the East Division lead.Any question of a letdown vanished in the first 26 seconds, wiped away by the right foot of Bo Vukovic. He lofted in a shot from beyond the yellow line to begin a Spirit scoring spree that ended in a 24-6 rout, before 2,857 spectators at the Rochester War Memorial.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1997
The Cleveland Crunch's Matt Knowles, who is perhaps the best defender in the National Professional Soccer League, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Knowles, last season's NPSL Defender of the Year, suffered the injury last week and missed his team's last two games.Cleveland was 9-5 before acquiring him for three players in a December trade with the Milwaukee Wave and 12-3 since.It is a major blow to the defending NPSL champion.Still plenty of suspenseLess than 30 percent of the regular season remains, yet three of the four division races are still heated.
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November 1, 1997
Opponent: St. Louis AmbushSite: Baltimore ArenaTime: 7: 35Radio: WCBM (680 AM)Outlook: The Spirit (0-1) will be better manned for its home opener than it was while losing in Philadelphia as Branko Segota (injured knee) returns to the forward line. The team also signed forward Dejan Belic this week. St. Louis (2-0), the defending Midwest Division champ, owns victories over Wichita and Cincinnati.Pub Date: 11/01/97
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By Hector Munoz and Hector Munoz,Special to The Sun | February 24, 1991
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Sockers played their classic game of speed and finesse Saturday night to defeat the Baltimore Blast, 8-4. Wes Wade and Branko Segota each scored two goals and Segota had two assists to lead San Diego. Rusty Troy scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the season for the Blast, whose two-game winning streak ended.San Diego outran the Baltimore attackers on the transition and was quick enough to shake the defenders around goalie Scott Manning.San Diego, which won its 14th consecutive win at home, scored at 12 minutes, 20 seconds of the first quarter.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1997
For a couple of teams hovering near .500 for much of the season, it's amazing how the Spirit and the Philadelphia Kixx have remained 1-2 in the NPSL East Division race.They're now 1-1, tied for the lead, both at .500, after the Spirit pummeled the Kixx, 17-8, last night before 5,289 at the Baltimore Arena. The Spirit (12-12) broke it open by scoring the game's final eight points in the fourth quarter.Philadelphia (11-11) has lost 10 of its past 14 games after a 7-1 start. The Spirit, since a modest spurt of five wins in seven games, has dropped six of its past 10.Consistency clearly is not a virtue of either team.
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