The Spirit has signed former Harrisburg Heat midfielder John Abe, the club announced yesterday.
Abe, 32, is a five-year veteran of the National Professional Soccer League. He was released by the Heat before the season after scoring 31 goals for Harrisburg in 1992-93.
Abe, a graduate of Baltimore's Northern High, played at Essex Community College and for the Maryland Bays.
The Spirit also placed forward Rob Ukrop on the injured list. Ukrop, a rookie, sustained a broken jaw against Harrisburg on Friday.
"John has good size and strength, which are two of Rob'assets," coach Kenny Cooper said, "so we feel like we're making a move that coincides with the makeup of our roster."