Three from here get U.S. invitations


Three players with Maryland ties have been offered contracts and invited to train for the U.S. team that will compete in the 1994 World Cup. They are Desmond Armstrong, originally of Columbia, former Maryland Bays and Baltimore Blast forward Jean Harbor, who lives in Adelphi, and Bruce Murray of Germantown, a longtime member of the U.S. national team.

Altogether, 20 U.S. National Team players received invitations yesterday to relocate to Mission Viejo, Calif., the training site for the U.S. team. Murray has signed a contract and Armstrong hasn't yet. In Harbor's case, the U.S. team is negotiating with the Tampa Bay team of the American Professional Soccer League, which owns his rights.

Harbor is in England training with Nottingham Forest of the English Premier League.

* The American Professional Soccer League has added a second Canadian team for next season. Montreal joins the Vancouver 86ers as new entries for the 1993 season.

The APSL has six teams, including the new franchise in Los Angeles, the Salsa, defending APSL champion Colorado Foxes, runner-up Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

APSL commissioner Bill Sage said the league also is reviewing an application from the Toronto Blizzard, but still is awaiting final financial information.

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