Borozzi leaving Blast to back up Foreman on MSL team


Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman announced Blast general manager John Borozzi will become deputy commissioner of the MSL Monday.

"I'm excited and looking forward to this," said Borozzi, a graduate of Towson State who has been with the Blast organization eight years. "I think I'm going to enjoy working with Earl and I think with me there, it will free him up to do the things he does best. His top priorities will be expansion, television and, eventually, obtaining major sponsorships."

Blast owner Ed Hale said Borozzi's administrative and soccer skills will be a plus to the league and that he is pleased for Borozzi, who became the Blast's GM in August 1990.

Added coach Kenny Cooper, "John is very creative and he communicates well with ownership. I think this is a revenue-generating move for the league in the long run, because it will free Earl Foreman's energy from the everyday running of the league."

Borozzi's move to the league office, which will relocate from Kansas City to the Baltimore-Washington area by Oct. 1, instigated several changes in the Blast offices.

* Rob Schraf, 28, who has spent the past five years as the sponsorship manager of the Washington Bullets, has been named the team's vice president of sales and marketing.

* Blast assistant GM Drew Forrester, who has been with the team for 10 years, has been promoted to vice president of soccer operations, in charge of contract negotiations and other player-related matters.

"I think putting Drew in this position will be good for him and Kenny," said Hale. "They're putting the team together. Kenny relies on Drew and they're comfortable working together. I think it will work well."

Forrester also will continue to oversee the media relations department and supervise the club's day-of-game operations.

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