Blast forward Giuliano Celenza to retire at season's end

March 01, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Giuliano Celenza’s 11th season with the Blast will be his last.

The forward will retire at the end of the Major Indoor Soccer League season, team president and general manager Kevin Healey announced Tuesday.

Celenza is the Blast’s fourth all-time leading scorer and one of just four players to score 400 points for Baltimore.

“Epitome of a local hero,” Blast Owner Ed Hale said of Celenza, whom the Blast selected in the 2001 territorial draft after standout careers at Archbishop Curley, CCBC Essex and UMBC.  “He played his whole career here in Baltimore because of his love of Baltimore, fans and mostly his family.”

Celenza, a two-time All-MISL selection and two-time All-Star, has helped the Blast capture five championships. He led the league with 38 goals during the 2005-06 season and has 26 points in 15 games this year.

The team will honor him Friday at 1st Mariner Arena in a ceremony before the game against the Chicago Riot.

The Blast also announced that if it finishes first in the regular season, the MISL championship will be March 25 at 1st Mariner Arena.

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