Leading Baltimore Blast scorer Billy Ronson said yesterday that there is no dissension on the team.
But he wants the air cleared in the aftermath of some critical remarks made by forward Domenic Mobilio and coach Kenny Cooper after a 7-5 loss to the San Diego Sockers on Saturday night at the Baltimore Arena.
Mobilio said: "Some guys don't want to play against San Diego. We had them [3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter] and then let the game get away as usual."
Cooper said: "We don't have people willing to stick their necks out to beat San Diego. Some people are content to finish second best to San Diego."
Ronson has called for Mobilio and Cooper to "name names" to prevent the entire team from being indicted by the comments.
"Which guys?" Ronson said. "Let's get the names out or else every player on the team will be under question. Don't go behind doors and name people."
Mobilio said he didn't want to be specific, and Cooper said he wouldn't publicly berate any players.
Cooper said, "We have a half-dozen guys who know what it takes to beat San Diego, and the others are still trying to find out."
The setback to the Sockers came before the largest home crowd the season (9,417) and dropped the Blast to 0-3 against San Diego at the Arena this season.
The loss completed a weekend that began with a loss to the last-place Cleveland Crunch, 9-3, Friday night at Richfield Coliseum.
San Diego not only beat the Blast, but Cooper said Sockers coach Ron Newman humiliated Baltimore when he called a timeout with 34 seconds left and a 7-5 lead.
Cooper said: "I told Ron [Newman] he rubbed our noses in the dirt in front of our fans and I'm not going to take it. Calling time out was totally unacceptable."
In addition to the timeout, Cooper said San Diego forward Wes Wade was "gesturing toward our bench at the end of the game."
"Talk is cheap," Cooper said. "I see it all as low class. Our fans and players were upset [over the timeout] and I could tell some of their players didn't like it."
Newman defended the timeout to Cooper, saying, "I've seen two goals scored in 34 seconds before, and we planned the timeout before the seventh goal was scored."
Cooper said: "Ron Newman can say whatever he wants. But they've called these timeouts before at the end of games. It's part of the scenario."
NOTES: Blast MF Richard Chinapoo (right hamstring strain) left the game in the second quarter Saturday night and is questionable for Saturday night's game against the Crunch at the Arena. . . . Cooper said he will "separate the men from the boys" this week in two-a-day practices today, tomorrow and Wednesday.