Jon Parry, the Spirit's No. 2 scorer last season, is bound for the Tampa Bay Terror after being selected by Kenny Cooper in the National Professional Soccer League expansion draft yesterday.
As part of a deal worked out with Cooper, the Spirit's former president, general manager and coach, the Spirit obtained Jeff Rogers. Tampa Bay picked Rogers from the Kansas City Attack and traded him to the Spirit for the right to draft Parry.
Disenchanted with the way he was treated by fans in Baltimore, Parry indicated to vice president Drew Forrester that he didn't want to return to the Spirit. Accordingly, Forrester didn't include Parry on the Spirit's eight-man protected list.
"When a player makes that statement, it's time to make a change," Forrester said. "Although we lost a quality player, we've been able to add a hard-working midfielder who put up good numbers in the regular season and, just as importantly, in the playoffs."
Rogers, 30, a 5-foot-5 dynamo, had the most productive of his five NPSL seasons in 1994-95 with 84 points in 34 games. In the playoffs, he had seven goals and three assists in eight games. The Tucson native's NPSL 142-game career totals are 72 goals and 62 assists for 188 points.
Parry, 26, acquired from Kansas City for defender Eric Dade last September, scored 132 points last season, second on the team to Kevin Sloan's 165 and 14th in the league.
Parry first complained publicly about booing and fans' critical remarks in January. "Fans in Baltimore are tough and they will boo you. I wasn't used to that. But they want a winner and who can blame them?"
Parry told Forrester that he also was upset that teammates Franklin McIntosh and Brad Smith received similar treatment. Parry could not be reached yesterday for comment.
Cooper, president and general manager of the Terror, which will begin play as the NPSL's 13th team this fall, had one draft choice from each established NPSL team. He calls Parry "one of the greatest finishers in indoor soccer."
Tampa Bay's selections:
F Jon Parry (1), Baltimore
D Mike Britton (2), Buffalo
M James Danaher, Canton
M Juan Carranza, Chicago
D Phil Wolf, Cincinnati
G Bill Andracki, Cleveland
D-M Brian Thiel, Detroit
G Doug Petras, Harrisburg
M Jeff Rogers (1), Kansas City
D Larry Julius, Milwaukee
M Scott McDoniel, St. Louis
F John Garvey (2), Wichita
(1) Baltimore agreed to expose Parry in exchange for a Tampa Bay selection (Rogers).
(2) Wichita agreed to expose Garvey in exchange for a Tampa Bay selection (Britton).