Fourth Howard kicker enters pro Comets fold

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Baltimore Afro-American

Midfielder Stan Smith has signed with the Baltimore Comets for his second professional season.

The 6-foot, 24-year-old player came to the Comets Comets' list of Howard University, where he served as team captain from 1971-73. He lead the Bisons to the school's unofficial NCAA title in 1971.

He will complete the Comests' list of Howard soccer signees, which also include goalkeeper Lincoln Phillips and forwards Keith Acqui and Alvin Henderson.

All four will be in action May 21, when the Comets return home to Memorial Stadium to host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The forward duo of Acqui and Henderson also have signed for their second season with the Comets.

When Howard University turned out the pair of All-American strikers, Bison officials though they were turning out a prospective doctor and a prospective lawyer. Henderson's father is a physician; Acqui aspires to practice law eventually.

Not it's the start of the North American Soccer League and all of their schoolboy aspirations are at ease. Acqui at 5-11 and 160 pounds, and Henderson at 5-9 and 155 pounds, hail from Trinidad.

Acqui, the sixth player in the 1974 collegiate draft, originally was the pick of the Dallas Tornado. Baltimore obtained him after trading its first choice in the 1974 draft.

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Keith Acqui, law lost to soccer