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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1999
Blast coach Kevin Healey had his team working on defending restarts in the defensive zone for the first half of Media Day at the Baltimore Arena yesterday.It was the proper setting to unveil his team's rededication to playing solid defense, something that hampered the Blast last season."Early in the year, it was definitely a problem," Healey said. "I can remember our second home game against St. Louis; it was an ugly game and a very disappointing game. We gave up too many easy goals. As we went along, it definitely got better.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
The Blast announced Thursday that it re-signed two players and added a newcomer as the team prepares for the inaugural Major Arena Soccer League season. Midfielder Tony Donatelli and forward Lucas Roque will return to the Blast and defender Onua Obasi has joined the team. Donatelli enters his fifth season of professional indoor soccer and his third with the Blast. Last season, he scored a team-high 19 goals and added nine assists to finish with 48 points. Roque enters his third season with the Blast after finishing with 11 goals and 12 assists last season.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
Though the dimly lighted Baltimore Arena was downright chilly, indoor soccer all-star Danny Kelly's two shirts were soaked through with sweat, his long, partly pony-tailed hair matted.Ending Monday morning's two-hour practice, Blast players ran what once were called "gassers" -- running back-and-forth across the field for two minutes, resting a minute, running, resting, building endurance during 10 minutes of unsung work as much mental as physical.Kelly followed a yellow line precisely, touching the dasher-board at each end before turning for his next lap. He never missed a touch, the only player so methodical; in fact, only he squeezed every possible step from the drill.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun and By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Baltimore Blast has re-signed five players from last year's team and signed a newcomer as the team shapes its roster for the inaugural season of the Major Arena Soccer League. Goalkeeper William Vanzela, defender Pat Healey, midfielder Lucio Gonzaga and forwards Adauto Neto and Adriano Dos Santos will return and forward Jerjer Gibson, who played for the Pennsylvania Roar last season, also joins the team. When the Blast left the Major Indoor Soccer League following the 2013-14 season, all player contracts were voided.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2002
The Blast's coaching carousel has taken another spin. In is Tim Wittman as an assistant to recently named coach Bobby McAvan. Out is former assistant Billy Ronson. The team announced the change yesterday, but Ronson - a fan favorite as a player from 1985 to '92 - said McAvan let him go early Sunday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, when the team was returning from a 17-10 loss Saturday in Dallas. Ronson spent the past four-plus seasons as an assistant coach and assistant general manager, mostly under former coach and current general manager Kevin Healey.
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May 20, 1994
Opponent: Philadelphia FreedomSite: Marple Newtown Stadium, Pa.Time: 8Outlook: The Bays (1-3) are hoping their two-week layoff will help them turn things around against a 2-4 Philadelphia team that lost to the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, on Saturday. Baltimore lost to the Kickers in its last outing on May 7, but Bays coach Kevin Healey says that his team continues to show progress despite its record. "We've given up some cheap goals, and we have to stop doing that and start finishing our opportunities," said Healey.
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By Sports Digest | January 21, 2010
The Blast has signed defender Zach Wilkes for the remainder of the season, general manager Kevin Healey announced Wednesday. Wilkes, 26, spent the past two seasons with the Detroit Ignition and was a member of the 2009 XSL championship squad. The Blast, 5-4 this season and tied for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday before returning to 1st Mariner Arena to host the Wave on Jan. 30 . - Glenn Graham Indoor football: Defensive back Nikkieda Rutland , who played at Tennessee State, signed with the Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | November 4, 1994
Despite his team's success during last year's inaugural season in the United States Interregional Soccer League, coach Kevin Healey says his Baltimore Bays let down their fans when they lost to the Chattanooga Express, 8-6, in the first round of the playoffs.So, to try to make it up to them, Healey and Bays owner Bill Wallace did everything they could in the off-season to strengthen their squad and rekindle the relationship between the organization and the fans who pile into Du Burns Arena in Canton.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
The Blast announced Thursday that it re-signed two players and added a newcomer as the team prepares for the inaugural Major Arena Soccer League season. Midfielder Tony Donatelli and forward Lucas Roque will return to the Blast and defender Onua Obasi has joined the team. Donatelli enters his fifth season of professional indoor soccer and his third with the Blast. Last season, he scored a team-high 19 goals and added nine assists to finish with 48 points. Roque enters his third season with the Blast after finishing with 11 goals and 12 assists last season.
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By From Sun staff reports | March 1, 2011
Giuliano Celenza’s 11 th 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.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Baltimore Blast, along with five other former Major Indoor Soccer League teams, have reached an agreement to partner with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League to create a new league that is expected to consist of 20-plus teams throughout North America. The Milwaukee Wave, St. Louis Ambush, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights will join the Blast in the new league. All six franchises had their contracts with the United Soccer Leagues, which runs the MISL, expire last month after the 2013-14 season concluded.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela, who sat out Friday night's first game of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series at Missouri due to a nagging elbow injury, will return to the net when the series continues in Baltimore on Sunday. The defending league champion Blast lost, 15-8, to the Comets and will have to win the second game - set for 5:05 p.m. at Baltimore Arena - to force a deciding, 15-minute mini game in a bid to reclaim its league title. Vanzela, who was named the MISL Goalkeeper of the Year last week, has a 5.57 points-against average and .833 save percentage - both league bests by a wide margin.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
In 2005, when he was released from his Major League Soccer contract with Real Salt Lake after one season, Mike Lookingland considered two options. One was to try to find a new MLS team. The other option, however, just felt right. "Even when I was playing in the MLS, I used to always talk up the Baltimore Blast," he said. "I always knew in my heart that's where I wanted to play. So as soon as I got released, I called [Blast general manager] Kevin Healey and asked if the Blast had any room for me. He said 'Yeah, we have one spot left.'  To play for my home team ... it's been a dream come true.
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Sports Digest | August 23, 2013
Amateur Golf Joiner, Luo win titles at Turf Valley Resort; Md. golfers dot top 20 Tyler Joiner of Albany, Ga., won the JoS. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Championship in Ellicott City after a 3-under-par 210 forced a sudden-death playoff against Kevin Conners of Downington, Pa. In the girls division, Julie Luo of Centreville, Va., won with a tournament total of 6-over-par 219. Jake Leavitt of Woodstock tied for fourth with a...
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
Nervous, but ready. That's how Troy Hernandez, one of the Blast's two new goalkeepers this season, described the first time he walked on a soccer field as a professional player. He was playing outdoors for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Pro League this summer when the team's starting goalie went down with an injury six minutes into the playoffs. Hernandez, who didn't see any playing time during the regular season, was pressed into action. The 25-year-old native of Canada thought about the hard work he put in during training to be ready for the moment.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
The Blast signed five players Wednesday, including two goalkeepers, team president and general manager Kevin Healey announced. Troy Hernandez and William Vanzela will help the Blast replace veteran goalkeeper Sagu and backup Akira Fitzgerald (Loyola Blakefield). The team also added midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall, Towson University), as well as forwards Lucas Roque and Jamie Darvill (Loyola University). All of the moves are pending approval from the Major Indoor Soccer League.
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By Marc Bouchard and Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer | January 16, 1993
Can professional outdoor soccer thrive in Maryland?The newly formed Baltimore Bays will find out beginning in May, when they kick off their outdoor season in the 40-team U.S. Interregional Soccer League.The Bays will play a 16-game schedule in the USISL's nine-team Atlantic Division. The team's eight home games will be played on weekend nights at UMBC Stadium.The Bays also will play an indoor schedule from November through February at the Du Burns Arena in Canton."We want soccer to survive in Baltimore on a long-term basis in a league that's realistic," said Bays vice president and general manager Ben Neil.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | April 23, 1994
The roster for the Baltimore Bays outdoor soccer team reads like a "Who's Who in the Indoor Soccer World" and Bays coach Kevin Healey certainly seems to be enjoying the plot.And why shouldn't he?In its first season in the United States Interregional Soccer League last winter, Healey's indoor squad produced a 14-1 record before settling for third place behind the league-champion Atlanta Magic and the Chattanooga Express.The Bays' inaugural outdoor season in the USISL wasn't as celebrated, though, as they finished 5-11, but Healey is hoping the acquisition of some marquee players can help Baltimore forget about last year's 5-11 mark.
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Sports Digest | August 7, 2012
Major Indoor Soccer League Blast to hold four open tryouts in September The Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League will hold open tryouts in September at the team's training facility, Du Burns Arena. The tryouts will be Sept. 8 and 9 and Sept. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to male soccer players ages 18 years and older. College players with remaining eligibility are not permitted in the tryout as per NCAA rules and regulations. Current professional players must have a letter of release from their current club in order to participate.
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By Glenn Graham | December 14, 2011
The Baltimore Bays have been named the nation's top boys soccer club by Soccer America for a record fourth straight year. The club won its record ninth U.S. Youth Soccer boys championship when the Under-19 Bays Chelsea team defeated the Chicago Fire Juniors, 2-0, to capture the 76th McGuire Cup at the 2011 National Championships this summer. It was the third national championship for the squad, which also won as U-14 and U-15 squads. The Bays club has won at least one national championship in each of the past six years.
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