Earthquakes take on Toros

Tim Hunt
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Archibald leads visitor

SAN JOSE - There will be no easy way for the San Jose Earthquakes tonight, when they tangle with the tough Miami Toros at 8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

The Toros bring to town Warren Archibald, the leading goal scorer in the North American Soccer League in 1973. The San Jose defense will be charged with stopping Archibald and his high-scoring teammates, without the help of player-coach Gabbo Gavric, their most experienced defender.

Gavric pulled a groin muscle in the sudden death win over St. Louis two weeks ago and has missed three straight games. He isn't expected to return tonight. A tribute to the Toros' offensive prowess is demonstrated by their 29 points in just five games. The Quakes, who have scored 13 goals during the season, have marked-up just 31 points in six games.

Gavric's loss puts additional pressure on the Earthquakes only other experienced fullback, Laurie Calloway, who must shift from the outside into the middle. Galloway and Gonzalo Perez, a rookie, will play in the middle, while Buzz Demling (a one year veteran) and rookie Davey Kemp will be on the outside.

Gavric, who went to a three-player midfield alignment in the 3-1 loss to Seattle last week, will return to just Art Welch and Dieter Zajdel in midfield this week.

The coach expects a tough test from Miami, noting, "They're chasing Philadelphia and they're the best team we've played at home yet. They're about the same as Baltimore is as a team."

Baltimore battered the Quakes 6-2 on a very large field, as San Jose was slow in adjusting to the extra playing space. The Earthquakes trailed 3-0 in that game, before the defense got sorted out to cover the fleet Baltimore

San Jose General Manager Dick Berg spent most of yesterday negotiating with Roberto Lonardo, a former defender with Rochester. Lonardo was unable to reach terms with Rochester this year, but liked San Jose's offer.

However, the veteran fullback was unable to reach a decision due to some pressing personal matters and returned to New York. He will notify San Jose early next week with his decision.

One bright spot on the Eastern road trip was the play of goal keeper Mike Ivanow. Ivanow, who signed an amateur contract with the Earthquakes, played against the Cosmos and turned away 13 shots.

The ex-United States Olympian could start in goal this evening.

Gavric will probably start Mani Hernandez and Boris Bandov on the wings, with Paul Child and Archie Roboostoff at the strikers. Child is currently sixth in the league in scoring.

Tonight is Date Night, with Herfy's Hamburger House offering a two-for-one deal for all youth Under-21, when accompanied by a date.

It is also billed as a special tribute to youth soccer players in the Bay Area, as representatives from over 20 high schools will be competing in a skills contest at halflime.

A crowd in excess of 10,000 is expected.