The Blast has released Angelo Panzetta, who would have been entering his third year with the team.
After a serious knee injury last season, Panzetta had worked hard at rehabilitation to be ready for this season. The Blast, however, is overloaded with defenders, and Blast vice president Drew Forrester said the cut was made because management was afraid it could not give Panzetta, 24, the playing time he needed to make a complete comeback.
"Hershey coach Jim Pollihan wants to make Panzetta a starter with his [National Professional Soccer League] team and that would be perfect for Angelo, who could get the playing time he needs there and then, possibly return here next season."
With the decision to release Panzetta and also not to offer a contract to draft choice Tim Ernst, the Blast still has one roster spot to fill and two candidates, newcomers Doug Miller (Loyola) and Joe Malea.
Forrester said both could wind up with the team. It is likely Miller will be signed to the regular roster and Malea, a goalkeeper, will be signed to a developmental contract, if a financial agreement can be reached.
Rosters are due in the Major Soccer League office today.