Troy likely to play for Dallas or Vegas


Rusty Troy, who played four seasons for the Blast and two for the Spirit, is returning to his native Dallas and will not play for Baltimore next season.

Troy and his wife, Jennifer, are from Dallas. If Troy plays next season, it probably will be with Dallas or Las Vegas of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was picked by Las Vegas in the CISL draft last week.

"It's my dream to play in the city where I grew up, like Barry Stitz and Jason Dieter did here," Troy said, referring to his Baltimore-born Spirit teammates. "I'll try to work a deal to get traded from Las Vegas to Dallas."

Troy, the Spirit's captain, tied for third on the team's scoring list at 73 points with Tarik Walker and Clark Brisson.

Cooper, Stealey huddle

Kenny Cooper and Spirit owner Bill Stealey are discussing the selection of a coach to succeed Cooper, who remains as president and general manager. Cooper has recommended assistant Mike Stankovic.

Walker saluted

The Spirit's Walker was named National Professional Soccer League Rookie of the Year after leading first-year players with 73 points.

Walker and teammate Lance Johnson, who scored 18 points, made the NPSL all-rookie first team. Rob Ukrop (30 points) and goalie Shawn Boehmcke were selected to the second team.

Spirit scoring leader Paul Wright and goalie Cris Vaccaro made the All-NPSL second team and defender Doug Neely made the third.

Other awards: Most Valuable Player, the Cleveland Crunch's Zoran Karic, who scored an NPSL-record 267 points; Defender of the Year, the Detroit Rockers' Sean Bowers; Goalie of the Year, the Milwaukee Wave's Victor Nogueira; Coach of the Year, the St. Louis Ambush's Daryl Doran, who led his team to the National Division title and the second-best record (25-15) in the league to the Spirit's 26-14.

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