Unless something drastic happens in the next 24 hours Kyle Rote Jr. will not - as advertised - play for the Dallas Tornado against the Washington Diplomats tonight at 8 o'clock in D.C. Armory.
Rote, one of the top gate attractions in the North American Soccer League, is renegotiating his contract with the Tornado. He will not play in either game this weekend unless he has asigned contract.
"I asked Fred Hoster (Dallas general manager) last week if Kyle was going to play and he tol d me he was going to sign him Thursday and that he would definitely play in Washington," Dips' General Manager John Carbray said yesterday. "If he had told me there was any doubt about it I wouldn't have put his name on the ads."
The Dips purchased advertisements in local newspapers this week which included Rote's name under the, "Washington Diplomats vs. Dallas Tornado" logo.
"If Rote doesn't play the anyone who wants a refund as a result will get one," Carbray said. "We'll make
"If Rote doesn't play then anyone telling people to hang onto their an announcement before the game ticket stubs.
"I don't think we were wrong to use his name in the ads," he continued. "We thought he was coming and I still hope he will play." Details of how the refunds will be made have not been worked out, Carbray said.
Hoster, en route to Washington, could not be reached for comment. But Tornado Coach Al Miller said Thursday night that he "expected Kyle to play in Washington. We're very close to signing him and if he signs he'll play," Miller said.
Rote signed a two-year contract prior to last season with an option to renegotiate after one season. He had his most productive season in 1977, scoring 11 goals and adding six assists to lead the Tornado to the Southern Division title with an 18-8 record.
Tonight's game and tomorrow's 3 p.m. rematch will bring to a close the Dips' chaotic indoor schedule. The club had initially hoped to play as many as 14 games as part of a league but will play only nine games, all exhibitions.
Two games were canceled earlier this week when the Dips learned that the Armory had booked a boat show Feb. 25-26, the same dates the Dips had planned to play the Chicago Sting.
The Dips will play two more games indoors in Tusa the first weekened in March. They will commence outdoor practices - the thing Coach Gordon Bradley is most concerned about - Feb. 20.