April 10, 1992 |
It might be appropriate that the Baltimore Blast fell back in a defensive shell in Game 1 of their MSL semifinal series against the Sockers, because some Blast players--and even the coach--are saying they are only a shell of a team next to the Sockers. "We have to try something," forward Rod Castro said. "The last couple times we came here, they completely blew us out." The Sockers have enjoyed success at home against the Blast all season, sweeping three games here, 6-2, 6-3 and 8-1.
April 8, 1992 |
Sockers' midfielder Tim Wittman can tell you about lousy first impressions, and he can talk about lousy last impressions. He's made both within the past year. Wittman showed up to his 11th training camp--the first with a team other than his hometown Baltimore Blast--this past October as Coach Ron Newman's savior. He would be the antidote to a midfield hemorrhaging with the losses of Waad Hirmez (43 goals) and Rod Castro (24).
March 12, 1992
It looks as though the Major Soccer League won't ask its players to accept another salary cap reduction. The Baltimore Blast announced Wednesday that it projects a break-even season thanks to a 15% increase in attendance (to 8,000 per game), sponsorship revenue of more than $1 million and the fourth salary cap reduction in the past five years, which was instituted before the current season. "For years critics have been saying that soccer in the U.S.
March 10, 1991 |
Waad Hirmez was talking what he saw Saturday afternoon on televison. "I turn on CNN now," Hirmez said. "And I see all joy and happiness. People are cheering because the troops are coming back home." At the Sports Arena on Saturday night, a crowd of 7,494 cheered Hirmez, who scored two second-half goals and had the game-winning assist in the Sockers' 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Blast. For Hirmez, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, the joy and happiness of the troops' return probably spelled relief.
January 27, 1991 |
Savva Biller made his Major Soccer League debut a memorable one Saturday night. In 60 minutes, he was transformed from unknown quantity into a legitimate backup for ironman Sockers goalie Victor Nogueira. Biller, a former professional goalkeeper in the Greece and in the English Third Division, was signed as a developmental player six weeks ago. He frustrated the Baltimore Blast with 18 saves as the Sockers ended the Blast's five-game home winning streak with a 7-5 victory in front of 9,417.
December 23, 1990 |
The scenario seemed all too familiar: The Sockers charge out to a big, early lead then watch helplessly as a Baltimore Blast rally falls short in the fourth quarter. It's the script that the teams have written time and again. It usually happens in the postseason, where the Sockers three times have vanquished the Blast in the MSL Championship Series. Saturday night, in front of 8,184 at the Baltimore Arena, the Sockers added a regular-season wrinkle to the old routine.