Blast tonight

Soccer

November 14, 2003|By Sandra McKee

Blast tonight

Matchup: Cleveland Force (3-2) vs. Blast (3-3)

Site: 1st Mariner Arena

Time: 7:35

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The Blast will seek its first Eastern Division win tonight, having lost twice to the division-leading Philadelphia KiXX. The Force, now in second place, was tied for the division lead until last weekend, when it lost to Philadelphia, 7-4. The Blast comes in to this game off Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Monterrey Fury. In that game, Carlos Farias, 27, demonstrated his playmaking skills with four assists, good for the Major Indoor Soccer League's Offensive Player of the Week award. Farias has two goals and eight points in his first five games and is tied for third in the league with six assists. He arrived in Baltimore via an offseason trade with San Diego for Sean Bowers, who just happened to have earned Defensive Player of the Week honors last week. Cleveland's offense is led by Adauto Neto (eight points) and Lee Edgerton (seven points, with a team-best six goals). On defense, the Force is anchored by the familiar presence of Hector Marinaro. Longtime Blast fans will remember Marinaro came to the original MISL in 1983. He moved to offense in the middle of his career and now, 20 years later, is back on defense.

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