No one appreciates the U.S. Interregional Soccer League more than Eddie Radwanski.
In 1985, he was drafted in the first round of the North American Soccer League, which played outdoors. But the league folded before he could play. Radwanski then played exclusively indoor soccer for the Dallas Sidekicks and Takoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
"I got drafted in the first round by both leagues, but I felt that . . . my game was peaking outdoors," Radwanski said. "I was dreaming to play for the Cosmos or Rowdies, but then I was forced to play indoor."
Almost a decade later, Radwanski is back to the outdoor game with the defending league champion Greensboro Dynamo, which plays the Bays tonight at 7:30 at UMBC Stadium.
Radwanski was the assist leader on the team and engineered the Dynamo offense that averaged nearly five goals a game last year. The Greensboro team captain also claimed regular and postseason Most Valuable Player awards as well as being named the outstanding player on the team.
"Eddie is definitely the leader on that team," Bays coach Kevin Healey said. "He's the quarterback that makes the offense move."
Joining the Dynamo was a homecoming of sorts for Radwanski since the team plays in the stadium where he won an NCAA championship with UNC-Greensboro.
"When the MISL folded, I had made my mind up that I wanted to finish my career playing outdoor," said Radwanski, 31. "The Dynamo gave me that opportunity. . . . It was also a place where I have a lot of memories and give back the support given to me by the school and community."
He gave back a league championship in his first year in Greensboro. This season, the midfielder has two goals and three assists in nine games for a high-powered Dynamo offense that averages nearly four goals in Atlantic Division games.
Radwanski has the easy task to feed to Jason Haupt, Michael Gailey and Jimmy Glenn, who led the NCAA in scoring in 1989, 1991 and 1993, respectively.
"We like to come out to play and we prefer to play teams that like to run," he said. "We like the attacking brand of soccer. We move the ball all around the field."
The Bays, who lost twice by one goal to the Dynamo last year, are also prepared for a fast-paced game.
"They are probably one of the most discipline teams we faced last season," Healey said. "We are looking to have a high scoring game."
The Dynamo is 6-3 overall, 4-1 in its division. Greensboro's only division loss came at Charlotte by a goal.
The Dynamo faces the same scenario, as it played host to Hampton Roads last night and is here tonight.
"We know we are coming with a price on our head being defending league champions," Radwanski said.
Opponent: Greensboro Dynamo
Site: UMBC Stadium
Outlook: The Bays (2-5) have scored just one goal in their past three games, going 1-2 in that stretch. They have scored only seven goals this season. The offense should get jump-started tonight against the defending league champion Dynamo (6-3), which averages 3.6 goals in Atlantic Division contests. The Dynamo attacks on offense, and moves the ball quickly upfield. Jason Haupt, the NCAA scoring leader in 1989, had six goals and six assists. Eddie Radwanski is the field leader with two goals and three assists. He will be firing at Bays goalie Scoop Stanisic, who made nine saves last Saturday and has only allowed one goal in his past two games. Last season, the Bays dropped both games to Greensboro by a single goal. The Dynamo has a 20-5 record in its two-year affiliation with the league.