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Movers, shakers and newsmakers of 2007


Team's Target: Fourth Title In Five Years


Solidly entrenched as one of the Major Indoor Soccer League's model franchises, the Blast looks forward to 2007 as a year in which it can win a fourth championship in the past five years and top the league again in drawing power.

The franchise is leading the league in average attendance through about one--third of the season and is hopeful that it can overcome a slew of injuries, improve its performance on the road and challenge for another title.

In addition, player performances are doubly important, because the MISL will undergo its third expansion draft in as many years after the season, with three new teams to be added for 2007-08. Blast management must decide which players to protect and is using several practice players on a look-see basis to determine if they can help when the roster is reduced.

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