Blast announces signing of former KiXX defender Pat Morris

All-MISL player spent 11 seasons in Philadelphia

  • Former Philadelphia KiXX defender Pat Morris speaks to the media after signing with the Blast.
Former Philadelphia KiXX defender Pat Morris speaks to the… (Doug Kapustin / Photo for…)
November 08, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The Blast has added a valuable and unexpected piece to its 2010-11 roster with the signing of former Philadelphia KiXX standout defender Pat Morris.

In 11 seasons with the KiXX, Morris earned Major Indoor Soccer League Defender of the Year honors in 2005 and 2009 and played a key role on two league championship teams.

When the KiXX recently folded operations for the coming MISL season, they opened the door for the Blast to add Morris, who has long been a nemesis.

The announcement came at a news conference Monday afternoon at 1st Mariner Bank Tower in Canton.

Last season, Morris was a first-team All-MISL defender who recorded 47 points and a league-high 36 blocked shots.

The Blast will open the season Nov.19 when the Chicago Riot visits 1st Mariner Arena. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m.

"It's a little awkward and it's definitely going to take a couple days to get used to, but I'm excited," said Morris, who learned two weeks ago that the KiXX had folded.

"If there's any other organization I would want to play for, it's definitely Baltimore, because they have been a standard in indoor soccer for not only the 11 years I've been around, but for many years before. It's a different chapter in my life and I'm looking forward to hearing the Blast fans cheer for me instead of yelling at me."

In addition to Morris' fine two-way play and impressive resume, Blast coach Danny Kelly said, the defender will bring strong leadership and a winning presence.

"What can you say about him? Not only does he have the accolades, but it's how he plays the game, who he is and his character. He's a captain of a team that has won championships," Kelly said.

"He just knows what it takes to win games."

In addition to Morris, the Blast welcomed the return of standout forward Adauto Neto earlier in the offseason.

Neto played on two championship teams with the Blast and led the league in scoring with 65 points while playing for the KiXX.

This season, the MISL will consist of five teams, with the Milwaukee Wave, Omaha Vipers, Missouri Comets and Chicago Riot competing against the Blast.

Monterrey La RaZa, the reigning league champion, could not field a team because of hurricane damage to its home arena.

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