Sidekicks' Lawson turns down trade to Blast


Dallas Sidekicks defender Doc Lawson has vetoed the trade that would have sent him to the Baltimore Blast for midfielder Richard Chinapoo.

Lawson, a five-time Major Soccer League All-Star defender who is known as "The Indoor Warrior," told Blast coach Kenny Cooper late Wednesday night that he would stay in Dallas the rest of the season.

Cooper said yesterday: "Doc said that after the trade talk got into the newspapers, there was such an outpouring of public sentiment for him to stay in Dallas that he reconsidered his immediate future and decided to at least finish out the season. He told me to keep him in mind in the future."

Lawson, 33, has trade veto rights because he has spent three consecutive years with Dallas.

Cooper said Lawson's decision was a complete change of heart from last Friday, when "he wanted to come to Baltimore right away and play against Dallas Saturday night [Feb. 16 at Baltimore Arena]."

Cooper said Lawson had wanted to get out of Dallas so quickly because he is feuding with Tatu, the MSL's leading scorer.

"Tatu and Doc have had a few altercations, and the relationship is strained," the Blast coach said.

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