Blast tonight

Pro Soccer

December 04, 2004|By Sandra McKee

Matchup: Blast (2-6) vs. Cleveland Force (3-3)

Site: Cleveland State Convocation Center

Time: 7:05

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The Blast, in the unusual position of having the third-worst record in the Major Indoor Soccer League, will try in Cleveland to begin setting things right. Against the Force, they face a team playing in the second of two consecutive games but one that is excited about the addition of former Major League Soccer all-star Eduardo "El Tanque" Hurtado. "The Tank" has a one-year contract. In seven years with MLS in Los Angeles, New York and New England, El Tanque scored 47 goals and assisted on 28 more while playing a physical game. Last season, Cleveland went 0-6 against Baltimore, but this season has been injury-filled for the Blast. Baltimore continues to play without Denison Cabral, Adilson De Lima and Carlos Garcia, all recovering from major knee surgeries. Several other players are questionable tonight, including player-coach Tim Wittman, who has hamstring troubles.

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