'Quakes deal with Aztecs

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Calloway traded

SAN JOSE - Laurie Calloway, possibly the most popular San Jose Earthquake, will be wearing the orange of the archrival Los Angeles Aztecs next season.

Calloway was swapped to the Aztecs in exchange for Julie Veee and Tony Douglas, two of the fastest players in the league, in a deal that could herald the Earthquakes' return to playoff contending status.

The loss of Calloway, a solid defender for two years, will hurt the fullback line, but general manager John Carbary and acting coach Gabbo Gavric were obviously very happy with their new aqusitions.

The Earthquakes also gave-up two first round college draft choices, plus an undisclosed amount of cash.

Douglas and Veee both can play either midfield or forward and should give San Jose the striking power it sorely lacked last year. Veee played with San Jose on a loan basis in its contest with the New York Cosmos and Pele in August and had expressed a desire to move to the San Jose area with its enthusiasm for soccer.

Calloway became somewhat expendable when Mark Demling recovered from the broken leg, which sidelined him during the entire 1975 outdoor season. Ironically, the popular Englishman had just purchased a home in the South Bay area three weeks ago and now is bound for the smoggy South.

"Veee and Douglas are regarded as two of the top young players in the country right now," Carbray said. "It's a good deal all the way around. Los Angeles has a top defender in Laurie and we have a couple of blue chippers, who have success and experience behind them."

Gavric, the probable choice as Earthquake coach, although others are still under consideration, noted, " Julie can definitely help us. He and Douglas are among the fastest players in the NASL, which is important on small fields like Spartan Stadium."

Carbray swung the trade at the North American Soccer League's meeting, which wrapped-up this weekend in St. Louis. The 'Quakes also agreed to host the Western Regional Indoor tournament at the Cow Palace Mar. 19 and 21.