Kevin Sloan, a force in the success of the Maryland Bays the past two seasons, is moving his act indoors with the Baltimore Blast.
Sloan signed a one-year contract yesterday after impressing coach Kenny Cooper during five days of practice at William Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn.
Sloan, a midfielder, will give the Blast quickness and hustle and figures to be popular with Baltimore fans. He helped Oakland Mills win the state soccer title as a sophomore and once scored six goals in a game for the Howard County high school.
"I'm excited," Sloan said last night. "Playing soccer is definitely what I wanted to do. I was satisfied with the contract for the conditions. The Blast has never seen me play indoor soccer, so I've got to prove to them my worth. I believe I can be one of the ingredients of a winning season for them."
Sloan is the property of the Bays, and will be on loan to the Blast for the Major Soccer League season.
"He came in and made an impact and forced us to look at our roster and make adjustments," said Cooper. "He's an experienced outdoor player who can adapt to the indoor game. He reminds me a little of Brian Quinn [a San Diego Sockers midfielder now with the U.S. National team], who is a player of perpetual motion and one of the best ever to play in the MSL."
Sloan, 25, finished third in the MVP voting in the American Professional Soccer League last month after scoring 14 goals and getting four assists during the Bays' 19-2 season. He also scored two goals in two playoff games.
It will be Sloan's second indoor soccer season. He played in 1988-89 for the Dayton Dynamo of the National Professional Soccer League. He played for Dayton when two MSL teams that wanted him, the Chicago Sting and the Cleveland Force, folded that season.
NOTES: Bays G Steve Powers decided to end his tryout when it became apparent the Blast was only going to keep 1 full-time goalkeeper, Cris Vaccaro, and 1 goalkeeper on the developmental roster. "Steve decided that the developmental roster position wouldn't suit him," said Cooper. "But he's going to continue to work out with us and try to learn more about the indoor game.". . . . The Blast released second-year M Dominic Feltham, who scored 5 goals and had 1 assist in 17 games as a rookie last year. Cooper said the emergence of Sloan had a bearing on the decision to release Feltham.