Blast sets 9 Saturday games With its old name back, team to open with Heat

September 16, 1998

Nine Saturday games, including the opener against the Harrisburg Heat Oct. 24, will highlight the home schedule of the Baltimore Blast this season, the city's 18th in professional indoor soccer.

It's the first year back for the Blast, under the ownership of Ed Hale, who purchased the franchise from Bill Stealey, owner of the Spirit the previous six seasons.

The team, under the leadership of coach and general manager Kevin Healey, also will play eight Friday night games at the Baltimore Arena. And there will be two late-season Sunday afternoon contests and a Tuesday morning "School Day" game Feb. 9.

The 20-game home schedule ends with an April 2 game against the Montreal Impact.

The Spirit won just 12 of 40 games last season, by far the worst performance by a Baltimore team since joining the NPSL.

Date, Opponent, Time

Oct. 24, Harrisburg Heat, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 7, at Milwaukee Wave, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 13, St. Louis Ambush, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 14, at Wichita Wings, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 21, Philadelphia Kixx, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 27, at Cleveland Crunch, 7: 35 p.m.

Nov. 28, Florida Thundercats, 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 4, Cleveland Crunch, 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 5, Harrisburg, Heat 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 11, at Florida Thundercats, 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 12, at Harrisburg Heat, 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 18, Philadelphia Kixx, 7: 35 p.m.

Dec. 20, at Edmonton Drillers, 6: 05 p.m.

Dec. 26, Florida Thundercats, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 3, at Florida Thundercats, 6: 05 p.m.

Jan. 8, Philadelphia Kixx, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 15, Milwaukee Wave, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 16, Detroit Rockers, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 17, at Buffalo Blizzard, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 22, at Harrisburg Heat, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 23, at Kansas City Attack, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 25, Kansas City Attack, 7: 35 p.m.

Jan. 30, at St. Louis Ambush, 1: 05 p.m.

Feb. 5, at Montreal Impact, 7: 35 p.m.

Feb. 9, Milwaukee Wave, 10: 35 a.m.

Feb. 12, at Montreal Impact, 7: 35 p.m.

Feb. 13, Edmonton Drillers, 7: 35 p.m.

Feb. 20, Harrisburg Heat, 7: 35 p.m.

Feb. 25, at Philadelphia Kixx, 10: 35 a.m.

Feb. 26, Wichita Wings, 7: 35 p.m.

Feb. 28, Buffalo Blizzard, 3: 05 p.m.

March 5, at Harrisburg Heat, 7: 35 p.m.

March 12, at Florida Thundercats, 8: 05 p.m.

March 19, at Philadelphia Kixx, 7: 35 p.m.

March 20, at Cleveland Crunch, 7: 05 p.m.

March 26, at Milwaukee Wave, 7: 35 p.m.

March 27, Montreal Impact, 7: 35 p.m.

March 28, Cleveland Crunch, 7: 35 p.m.

April 2, Montreal Impact, 7: 35 p.m.

April 3, at Detroit Rockers, 7: 05 p.m.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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