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By Glenn Graham and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 5, 2010
The Blast's track record this season when a player registers a hat trick is perfect. When veteran midfielder Denison Cabral scored three quick goals in the first quarter against the faltering Philadelphia KiXX Friday night, the question was whether the Blast would make it eight wins with eight hat tricks. The KiXX made a fourth-quarter surge, but it proved too little, too late, as the Blast came away with a 12-8 win in front of an announced 5,324 at 1st Mariner Arena. With the Blast leading, 10-4, at the start of the fourth quarter, the KiXX got two quick two-point goals to cut the lead to 10-8, but Blast forward Max Ferdinand answered with a goal and the home team's defense did the rest for its fourth straight victory.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2010
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.
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September 29, 1999
The Blast yesterday announced its preseason schedule, featuring a game against the Philadelphia Kixx and a league-wide tournament the weekend of Oct. 15-17.The Blast will face the Kixx Oct. 9 at 7: 35 p.m. at the new Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. The game will be the first sporting event at the arena.The NPSL preseason tournament will be held at the Cleveland Sportsplex, home of the NPSL defending champion Cleveland Crunch. The round-robin tournament will feature all 12 teams playing in a series of 30-minute mini-games.
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By Glenn Graham | March 21, 2010
Today's Blast game Blast (11-8) at Philadelphia KiXX (7-11) Time: 4:05 p.m. Video: B2TV.com Outlook: Milwaukee's 14-12 win over the KiXX on Wednesday assured the Wave first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, thus locking the Blast into second place as it closes out the regular season on the road. Already set to play third-place Monterrey La RaZa in the league semifinal round, the Blast will look to fine-tune its game to be primed for another strong playoff run. Blast G Sagu, who was suspended for the team's two games last weekend, is eligible to return.
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By Doug Brown | February 14, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Kixx is trying to sign former Spirit star Kevin Sloan.The Oakland Mills High grad, the Spirit's career scoring leader with 307 points the past two seasons, didn't sign this season in order to pursue his dream of playing in Major League Soccer. He didn't make it, settling for the Continental Indoor Soccer League last summer.The National Professional Soccer League announced yesterday that Sloan signed with Philadelphia, but Kixx coach Dave MacWilliams said "there are complications that have to be worked out regarding his CISL status.
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By Doug Brown | April 4, 1997
Joe Mallia will become the first goalie other than Cris Vaccaro to start a National Professional Soccer League playoff game for the Spirit when the club entertains the Philadelphia Kixx in the first round at 7: 35 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Arena.Vaccaro, who has been in goal for 740 of the Spirit's 787 playoff minutes, all against the Harrisburg Heat, the past four seasons, is recovering from a pulled hamstring and is questionable for the best-of-three series."Joe is playing well and has more playoff experience than Jimmy," player-coach Mike Stankovic said, referring to rookie Jim McCombs.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2009
The Blast is the regular-season champion of the National Indoor Soccer League. With last night's 12-2 victory over the Philadelphia KiXX at 1st Mariner Arena, the team clinched first place in the fledgling league and guaranteed that the championship game will be played April 11 in Baltimore. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Blast (13-2), which avenged its only home defeat of the season and beat the KiXX for the third time in four meetings. The Blast is 7-1 at 1st Mariner with only one regular-season game remaining there - against the lowly Massachusetts Twisters.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2009
The third time was the charm for the Philadelphia KiXX last night at 1st Mariner Arena. Beaten by the Blast in their previous two meetings, the KiXX used a productive second quarter to hand their rival its first home defeat of the National Indoor Soccer League season, 13-6, before an announced 8,927, the Blast's second-biggest crowd of the season. The outcome shaved the Blast's first-place lead to two games over the Rockford Rampage and Monterrey La Raza, which can gain another half game by beating the last-place Massachusetts Twisters today.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Playing textbook indoor soccer, the Spirit charged into the second round of the National Professional Soccer League playoffs.The Spirit's 18-8 domination of the Philadelphia Kixx yesterday before 6,837 at the CoreStates Spectrum probably was the team's best-played game of the season. It completed a two-game, first-round sweep of the Kixx."When you talk about a full 60 minutes, team defense, intensity, determination, heart, whatever, it was all done today," goalie-assistant coach Cris Vaccaro said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2000
A shot like Danny Kelly's, from just beyond the midfield stripe, had the expected effect on the team that allowed the goal. It was deflating, so much so that it led to an eventual 25-12 loss for the Philadelphia KiXX against the Blast last night before 4,022 at Baltimore Arena. The victory gave the Blast a first-round sweep of the KiXX in the best-of-three series and a date with the Cleveland Crunch in the NPSL's Eastern Conference finals this week. Kelly's shot -- which was set up after KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas came out about 7 yards past the yellow line, could not control the ball and ended up tapping it right to him -- had enough steam on it so that the chasing defenders could not catch the bouncing ball, putting the Blast up 5-4 midway through the second quarter.
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By Sports Digest | March 15, 2010
The visiting Philadelphia KiXX kept alive their flickering postseason hopes with an 8-6 overtime victory over the Blast before an announced 6,318 at 1st Mariner Arena. The defeat ended a season-best six-game winning streak for the Blast (11-8), which had already clinched a playoff spot, and was the first victory in the season series for Philadelphia (7-9), a loser to the Blast four times. KiXX goalie Nick Hovaker II made three outstanding saves in the overtime period, when the Blast applied intense pressure before Philadelphia scored the game-winner off a free kick, Semir Mesanovic getting the goal off an assist by Ricardinho . In a makeup of a game originally scheduled for Feb. 12 but postponed because of blizzard conditions that weekend, Baltimore took a 6-4 lead into the waning moments of regulation before a holding penalty against Scott Buete opened the door for the KiXX.
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By Kent Baker and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2010
In a situation nearly demanding a victory, the visiting Philadelphia KiXX kept alive their flickering postseason hopes with an 8-6 overtime victory over the Blast before an announced 6,318 at 1st Mariner Arena. The defeat ended a season-best six-game winning streak for the Blast (11-8), which had already clinched a playoff spot, and was the first victory in the season series for Philadelphia (7-9), a loser to the Blast four times. KiXX goalie Nick Hovaker II made three outstanding saves in the overtime period, when the Blast applied intense pressure before Philadelphia scored the game-winner off a free kick, Semir Mesanovic getting the goal off an assist by Ricardinho.
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By By Glenn Graham | March 6, 2010
The Blast's track record this season when a player registers a hat trick is perfect. When veteran midfielder Denison Cabral scored three quick goals in the first quarter against the faltering Philadelphia KiXX Friday night, the question was whether the Blast would make it eight wins with eight hat tricks. The KiXX made a fourth-quarter surge, but it proved too little, too late, as the Blast came away with a 12-8 win in front of an announced 5,324 at 1st Mariner Arena. With the Blast leading, 10-4, at the start of the fourth quarter, the KiXX got two quick two-point goals to cut the lead to 10-8, but Blast forward Max Ferdinand answered with a goal and the home team's defense did the rest for its fourth straight victory.
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By Glenn Graham and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 5, 2010
The Blast's track record this season when a player registers a hat trick is perfect. When veteran midfielder Denison Cabral scored three quick goals in the first quarter against the faltering Philadelphia KiXX Friday night, the question was whether the Blast would make it eight wins with eight hat tricks. The KiXX made a fourth-quarter surge, but it proved too little, too late, as the Blast came away with a 12-8 win in front of an announced 5,324 at 1st Mariner Arena. With the Blast leading, 10-4, at the start of the fourth quarter, the KiXX got two quick two-point goals to cut the lead to 10-8, but Blast forward Max Ferdinand answered with a goal and the home team's defense did the rest for its fourth straight victory.
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By Sports Digest | March 1, 2010
Machel Millwood had a hat trick and seven of his teammates also scored to lead the visiting Blast to a 23-14 victory over the Philadelphia KiXX in the Major Indoor Soccer League. The third-place Blast has won three straight games to improve to 8-7 going into Friday's rematch with the KiXX at 1st Mariner Arena. The Blast put the game away early, taking an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and a 15-2 advantage into halftime. Millwood's hat trick was his second of the season. NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal will undergo surgery today to repair his injured right thumb.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Good thing for the Spirit first impressions aren't all telling.It ever a team appeared as if it was starting its season a tad early, it was the Spirit, as the Philadelphia Kixx charged out to a quick five-goal lead at the Spectrum last night.Through grit, hustle and determination, however, the Spirit mounted a comeback. But it wasn't enough, as Kevin Sloan won it with his third goal after 9: 15 of overtime, giving Philadelphia a 21-19 victory."We showed great character coming back time after time," said Spirit coach Mike Stankovic.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
This isn't the way it's supposed to be. Expansion teams simply aren't supposed to prosper in their first year.But the expansion Philadelphia Kixx is storming through the National Professional Soccer League as if intent on burying the old truism. Ex-Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams' club has the best record (7-1) in the 15-team league.After the Kixx disposed of two East Division rivals, the Spirit and the Harrisburg Heat, last weekend, MacWilliams announced his grand plan."My main goal, seriously, is to be in the championship series," MacWilliams said, meaning not merely the playoffs, but the final round, when only two teams are still standing.
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