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STING WON’T TREAT TODAY’S GAME AS AN EXHIBITION

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Most exhibition games in athletics are thought of as experimental affairs, where coaches are more concerned about getting their team ready than actually winning.

That won't be the case today when the Salt Lake Sting soccer club plays an exhibition game against F.C. Dallas at 5 p.m. at Derks Field."I go into every game the same - I'm not treating this as an exhibition," said Sting Coach Laurie Calloway. "I'm going to consider this as our next league game."

Calloway, who's still smarting from the Sting's 4-2 overtime loss to San Francisco last week, wants to see improvement in his team's play. But there's more to it.

"This game means nothing in the standings, but means a lot in terms of our credibility and status," he said.

In other words, Calloway wants to play well for the fans, who filled Derks Field a week earlier and keep them interested in his team. After today, the Sting won't have another home game until May 19 against Colorado.

In F.C. Dallas, Salt Lake will see a semi-pro team of former collegiate and all-star players from Texas, a hotbed for soccer. Dallas plays in the Lone Star League and has already applied to join the APSL, of which the Sting are members, next year. "Technically, this game means more to Dallas because they want to prove they can play in this league," said Calloway.

The only thing Calloway might do differently for today's game is rest a couple of injured players. Goalkeeper Paul Parkinson still has an injured shoulder and defender Joe Silveira a bad knee.

Earlier this week the Sting added some firepower to their lineup by signing George Pastor, a forward who played at Cal-Berkeley. "He's a proven goal-scorer who will add another dimension to our team," said Calloway.