PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona Wranglers waived six players, including Sandy Osiecki of Arizona State, and traded three others Monday to cut their USFL team roster to the 58-man limit.
The Wranglers are less than two weeks away from their season-opener on Feb. 26 when they host the Oakland Invaders at Sun Devil Stadium in nearby Tempe.
Waived from Coach George Allen's roster were: defensive tackle Robert Cole of Alcorn State, running back Brett Davis of Nevada-Las Vegas, defensive end Nick Epps of Illinois, quarterback Sandy Osiecki of Arizona State, center Jim Portese of William Penn and offensive tackle John Sherlock of Nebraska.
The Wranglers also traded defensive back Mark Harper of Alcorn State to the Pittsburgh Maulers and defensive tackle Cleveland Crosby of Arizona to the Houston Gamblers for future draft picks and considerations.
The Wranglers traded linebacker Don Goode of Kansas to the New Jersey Generals for offensive tackle Todd Thomas of North Dakota.
The 6-foot-5, 261-pound Division II 1981 All-American started in 11 games for the Generals last season and played in all 18 regular-season tilts.
Thomas, 24, n 1981, Thomas was the National Football League's 1981 college selection drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round. He played in 15 games for the Chiefs as a rookie, missing the final game because of a shoulder injury. He was released by the Chiefs on the team's final cutdown before the 1982 season.
Wranglers general manager Bruce Allen announced the acquisition of defensive end Alva Liles of the Oklahoma Outlaws for past considerations. Liles, 6-2, 245 pounds, played last season with the Oakland Invaders before an off-season trade to the Outlaws.