After 14 years of indoor soccer with the Blast and the Spirit, Tim Wittman is switching to the outdoor game with the Baltimore Bays.
Wittman has never played pro outdoor soccer and hasn't played outdoors at all since 1986, when he dabbled in a summer league here. But he will be in the lineup when the Bays meet the Myrtle Beach Boyz on Friday at 8 p.m. at Cardinal Gibbons School in a U.S. Interregional Soccer League game.
"I like the idea of playing outdoors for the Bays," Wittman said. Asked if he would play indoors for the Bays, he said: "I don't know. We'll see how it goes."
"He's a talented player who does what it takes to win," Bays coach Kevin Healey said. "He's of that mentality. He's a leader, a Baltimore kid who made good."
Wittman, 31, a Calvert Hall alumnus, was released by the Spirit this month when the club said it couldn't commit to him for next season. Although he was the Spirit's No. 4 scorer, his relationship with coach Dave MacWilliams soured after several run-ins.
When Wittman told the Bays "maybe I'd like to invest in the Bays," Healey said "we'd be happy to have him." Wittman also will help conduct camps and make appearances.
Healey hopes the fiery Wittman will ignite the Bays, who have yet to win in five starts.