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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2009
The Blast defended its home turf for the first time in more than a month last night and repulsed a rival intent on payback. In the process, Baltimore (7-1) increased its first-place margin to two games over its closest pursuer, Monterrey La Raza, the losing team in last season's Major Indoor Soccer League championship game. Denison Cabral scored twice on penalty shots last night and added an assist as the Blast prevailed, 8-5, before an announced 6,840 at 1st Mariner Arena, improving its home record to 4-0. Monterrey (6-4)
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By By Glenn Graham | March 30, 2010
The Blast's 2010 season ended in stunning and abrupt fashion Monday night against visiting Monterrey, a 10-8 loss in overtime that completed a two-game sweep for La RaZa in the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals that typified Baltimore's topsy-turvy year. After the Blast rallied from a late four-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation - veteran Giuliano Celenza tying the score with 30 seconds left - it was Monterrey's Victor Quiroz who scored off a restart to send La RaZa to Sunday's championship game in Milwaukee.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | January 19, 2008
In a virtual midseason "must-win" game for the Blast, the power play was the team's best friend last night. With Monterrey La Raza short-handed in the closing minutes, Adauto Neto flicked home a shot originally launched from outside by Robbie Aristodemo and carried the Blast to a hard-fought 10-9 win before an announced 5,721 at 1st Mariner Arena. A holding penalty against Ivan Paredes gave the Blast the extra man, and Aristodemo directed the assault on La Raza goalkeeper Jose Eduardo Bontti.
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By Glenn Graham and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 29, 2010
The Baltimore Blast's 2010 season ended in stunning and abrupt fashion last night against visiting Monterrey, a 10-8 loss in overtime that completed a two-game sweep for La RaZA in the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals that typified its topsy-turvy campaign. After the Blast rallied from a late 4-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation -- veteran Giuliano Celenza tying the game with 30 seconds left -- it was Monterrey's Victor Quiroz who scored off a restart to send La RaZa to Sunday's championship game in Milwaukee.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | April 24, 2008
Blast owner Ed Hale's team is exactly where he wants it to be - in the Major Indoor Soccer League championship game. It's the location of the final hurdle that has him aggravated. MISL championship Blast vs. La Raza, Saturday, 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Fox Soccer Channel, 680 AM
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By From Sun staff reports | March 2, 2009
MONTERREY, Mexico - After a fourth quarter in which the Blast and Monterrey La RaZa traded goals and the lead, rookie Pat Healey finally gave the Blast an 18-16 overtime victory last night at Monterrey Arena. Healey scored the game-winner for the first-place Blast at the 4:25 mark of overtime. The Blast's PJ Wakefield (UMBC) sent the game into an extra period when he scored with 24 seconds left in regulation. The Blast had a 10-4 lead at halftime, but La RaZa scored three times in the third period to tie it at 10. The teams traded goals in the final quarter, with Monterrey taking a 16-14 lead in the eighth minute before Wakefield tied the game.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | November 17, 2007
The expansion Monterrey La Raza got a rude welcome when it came to Baltimore for the first time last night. After a sluggish start, the Blast peppered the visitors from Mexico with a volley of effective shots and earned a 12-9 Major Indoor Soccer League victory by withstanding the La Raza's late flurry in front of 6,106 at 1st Mariner Arena. The outcome gave the first-place Blast (5-0) a one-game lead over the second-place Chicago Storm, which hosts the New Jersey Ironmen tonight. With the help of superior ball control by his teammates, Blast backup goalie Dave Kern nearly pitched a shutout for the final 3 1/2 quarters, while Denison Cabral (two goals)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | April 26, 2008
Everything seems to have fallen conveniently into place for the Blast during the Major Indoor Soccer League's postseason tournament. As the third seed, the Blast faced the only playoff team with a losing record in the quarterfinals and dispatched the expansion New Jersey Ironmen in two straight, the second a grind-it-out game on the road. It encountered a stiffer assignment against Milwaukee in the semifinals but survived a thrilling and rugged game in Wisconsin, 14-13, when the Wave had to play without two of its stars, Marcio Leite (injury)
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By Charles Gardner and Charles Gardner,Special to The Sun | April 27, 2008
MILWAUKEE -- David Bascome wasn't afraid to say the "D" word. The veteran Blast midfielder said it after his team beat Monterrey La Raza, 14-11, to win its fourth Major Indoor Soccer League title in the past six seasons. "This is a dynasty. We have four championships in six years, and it says a lot," he said. Forward Denison Cabral got a hat trick and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, and Carlos Garcia added two goals for the Blast, which rallied from an early four-point deficit.
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By By Glenn Graham | March 30, 2010
The Blast's 2010 season ended in stunning and abrupt fashion Monday night against visiting Monterrey, a 10-8 loss in overtime that completed a two-game sweep for La RaZa in the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals that typified Baltimore's topsy-turvy year. After the Blast rallied from a late four-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation - veteran Giuliano Celenza tying the score with 30 seconds left - it was Monterrey's Victor Quiroz who scored off a restart to send La RaZa to Sunday's championship game in Milwaukee.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | March 27, 2010
MONTERREY, Mexico -- The Blast squandered a six-point third-quarter lead and lost the opening game of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals, 22-14, to Monterrey La RaZa on Friday night. The teams will play Monday night at 1st Mariner Arena. If La RaZa win, they would face the Wave in the MISL championship game April 4. If the Blast wins, the teams would play a golden-goal mini-game Monday night for the right to advance. The Blast took a 4-0 lead on goals by Machel Millwood and Billy Nelson and led 8-2 after one quarter, but momentum turned in the second quarter when Baltimore forward Carlos Garcia was ejected from the match for violent conduct.
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By By Glenn Graham | March 26, 2010
In 2003, the Baltimore Blast was on the verge of another frustrating "close, but no cigar" season when it trailed the Milwaukee Wave 12-4 early in the third quarter in the third and deciding game of the championship round. When defender Billy Nelson scored a 3-point goal, cutting the deficit to 12-7 with a good chunk of the second half remaining, the Blast had the opening it needed. Soon after, the team was celebrating an improbable 13-12 win in Milwaukee. Blast coach Danny Kelly, then a standout midfielder for the team, noted Nelson's goal as the starting point to something special.
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By Sports Digest | March 18, 2010
The Blast has secured second place in the Major Indoor Soccer League regular-season standings and will play a home-and-home semifinal series against Monterrey La RaZa on March 26 in Mexico and March 29 at 7:35 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena. If the series is tied at the completion of the second game, the teams will play a golden-goal mini game to determine the winner. The Milwaukee Wave clinched the regular-season title Sunday with a 17-12 victory over Monterrey, and La RaZa has secured third place.
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By Glenn Graham | March 6, 2010
Tonight's game and 30th anniversary celebration Monterrey La RaZa (9-7) at Blast (9-7) Time: 7:15 Video: B2TV.com Outlook: In addition to making its final push for a spot in the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs, the Blast also is celebrating 30 years of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore tonight. Before the game, 30 former Blast players will be introduced, and then the team will induct standouts Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro into the Blast Hall of Fame at halftime.
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By Glenn Graham | January 23, 2010
Blast (5-4) at Milwaukee Wave (5-5) Time: : 7 Video: : B2TV.com Outlook: : The Blast, tied with the Rockford Rampage for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, is looking to end a two-game slide and get its first win over the Wave after two losses. The Wave, losers of three straight, is struggling as well, but it remains just half a game behind. After enjoying success in tight games at the start of the season, the Blast has struggled of late. Last weekend at Monterrey, the Blast had an early 4-0 lead, but La RaZa scored seven unanswered points and went on to win, 7-6. Both of the Blast's losses to the Wave have been by two points.
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By Sports Digest | January 18, 2010
Genoni Martinez scored the game-winning 3-pointer at 8:37 of the fourth quarter, lifting Monterrey La RaZa over the visiting Blast, 7-6, Sunday night. The loss dropped the Blast (5-4) into a tie for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Rockford Rampage, which swept the Milwaukee Wave, 10-7 on Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday. Denison Cabral gave the Blast a 4-0 lead by scoring at 9:15 of the first quarter and 11:26 of the second, but La RaZa tied it in the third period on goals 15 seconds apart by Hector Vallejo and Mark Ughy . After Martinez's game-winner, the Blast pulled to within 7-6 at 13:28 on a sixth-attacker goal by Giuliano Celenza . The Blast, which played without Machel Millwood and Scott Buete , who stayed in Baltimore with injuries, will be at Milwaukee Saturday before facing the Wave at home on Jan. 30.
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By KENT BAKER | March 27, 2008
Matchup -- Blast (17-9) at Monterrey La Raza (14-12) Site -- Monterrey (Mexico) Arena Time -- 10:35 Radio -- 680 AM Outlook -- The red-hot Blast has won three straight and 11 of its past 13 to cement a grip on third place and is coming off the first shutout in team history, 13-0 over Chicago. By the end of this weekend, its playoff possibilities should become clear since Milwaukee and Detroit, the two teams tied for first, play each other Sunday. Monterrey is in fourth and among a group of four clubs jockeying for post-season positions.
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By Arch Parsons and Arch Parsons,Washington Bureau of The Sun | August 30, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic organization, announced yesterday that it will oppose Senate confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas for a Supreme Court seat.La Raza, which represents 139 local organizations providing services to more than 2 million Hispanics, said it was opposing JudgeThomas because of what it called his "callous disregard" of Hispanics' civil rights during his tenure as chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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