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By Sandra McKee | June 19, 1992
Midfielder Billy Ronson, who was told he would not be re-signed by the Blast, has signed a 30-day contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Professional Soccer League.Ronson had a lengthy outdoor career in the English Football League, playing for Barnsley, Blackpool and Cardiff City, before joining the Blast of the Major Soccer League in February 1986.Ronson, 35, had an off season with the Blast in 1991-92 because of a knee injury that required surgery in late March. Though fully recovered, Ronson was not offered a contract for the coming season.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Blast (17-3) at Syracuse Silver Knights (12-8) What: MISL semifinals Game 1 When: Friday, 7 p.m. Site: Oncenter War Memorial Arena Video: youtube.com/user/SilverKnightsSoccer Outlook: Closing the regular season with a nine-game winning streak, the Blast earned the top seed in the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs as it looks to defend last year's championship. First up is a home-and-home series with dangerous Syracuse that concludes Tuesday night at Baltimore Arena.
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November 18, 1990
Scoop Stanisic, the goalkeeper released by the Baltimore Blast on Nov. 8, has signed with the Hershey Impact of the National Professional Soccer League, the Impact announced yesterday.Stanisic played for the Impact most recently in 1988-89, going 17-15 with an 8.49 goals-against average."We are very excited to have someone of Scoop's caliber and experience back in Hershey," said Jim Carabin, Impact general manager. "We feel that he will bring leadership and enthusiasm both on and off the field."
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
It's easy to understand why the Blast might have taken the Pennsylvania Roar lightly, given its slow start Friday night. Going into the game, the Blast had beaten the Major Indoor Soccer League expansion team in their first four meetings by a combined margin of 90-7, including two rare shutouts. Maybe it was because of a 12-day layoff in between games. Or maybe it was the early start time - 7:05 p.m. instead of the typical 7:35 p.m. at Baltimore Arena - that made the Blast's offense a no-show for more than a quarter.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | August 27, 1991
When the Blast plays in its Major Soccer League home opener Oct. 19, former Kansas City defender Doug Neely will be wearing one of the team's new uniforms with No. 15 on his jersey.The club announced yesterday, Neely is the latest player to sign for the coming season, bringing the current roster number to 10.The Blast's regular-season schedule is expected to be ready late this afternoon, but assistant general manager Drew Forrester said the team will open against Dallas, Oct. 19, and will play 18 of its 20 home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | April 18, 1991
The first question Blast coach Kenny Cooper may have to ask this week is: "Does anyone have hay fever?"That and other questions are on Cooper's mind today, as he wonders how his indoor soccer team will fare outdoors. He'll get the answer on April 28, when the Major Soccer League's Blast faces the Maryland Bays, the defending champion of the American Professional Soccer League in an exhibition game at UMBC (5:30 p.m.)."I'm looking forward to it," said Bays owner John Liparini. "It should be fun and it will be a good warmup for our season opener the following week."
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By Bill Free | May 4, 1991
The chances of the Major Soccer League and the National Professional Soccer League consolidating appear to be slim after MSL commissioner Earl Foreman, Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale and NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos met Thursday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport."
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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 Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | January 18, 1991
Practice was finished, but veteran Mike Stankovic and second-year man Angelo Panzetta worked on."I think Mike has adopted Angelo," said Blast coach Kenny Cooper. "I like him to work with our young players. It's like having a third coach in many ways, and it is making a difference in the way we play."Stankovic has had a lot of roles with the Blast through the years. He has been an enforcer, an intimidator, a clutch scorer and, from time to time, a finesse player.In a memorable moment Jan. 5 against St. Louis, he was also something of a wizard, hitting a shot from an angle that would have made Houdini blink.
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September 26, 1991
Virtually nothing springs as eternal as soccer fanatics' hopes that the international game will catch on big-time in the United States. The latest off-shoot is the vision of Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper and others that it might be feasible to include two English teams in the Major Soccer League -- and maybe a team or two from Mexico.Fanciful stuff? Perhaps. Yet why not a team or two from Canada as well? That would make it a four-nation league.The MSL still is tottering on the edge of extinction.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Now that Major League Soccer has its first openly gay player , the league is launching a new effort to tackle anti-gay attitudes and encourage inclusion in its ranks. Through a partnership with the You Can Play Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting LGBT discrimination in sports, the MLS and MLS Players Union hope to build on existing anti-discrimination efforts to offer greater support for gay players and fans. "The diversity found in our League has always been a point of pride for us," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released today.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
The Blast has the ideal primer for the upcoming Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs as the team closes out its regular season at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday - a game against the two-time defending league champion Milwaukee Wave. The rivalry is far and away the best and most intense in the MISL, with all the other franchises too new to have developed any on the same level. And this game - set for 7:35 p.m. - has plenty on the line with the teams tied for first place in the league.
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By KENT BAKER | October 19, 2007
California Cougars Coach -- Bernie Lilavois Last season -- 7-23, 11 games behind Outlook -- The Cougars were a mess, beset by front-office turmoil and the most grueling travel schedule, which led to a 1-14 road record. They surrendered 482 goals, by far the most in the league, and will need to vastly improve their defense. Already, misfortune struck when F Vicente Figueroa, a former rookie of the year, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason. Sanaldo will handle the goalkeeping.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2004
WASHINGTON - The grass on the practice field just off Oklahoma Avenue is richly green, English green. In fact, with a heavy sky dominating the gray, misty morning a couple of days before Major League Soccer begins its regular season, the unfolding scene looks more suited to a London suburb, where soccer is life, than the field just across the street from RFK Stadium. There is a soccer team on the field, and the sidelines have disappeared beneath the feet of a media contingent usually seen around here only for the Washington Redskins.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
The timing was sheer coincidence, but the Blast hopes it's also perfect. Trying to get up from a five-game fall, the Blast announced two signings yesterday to potentially provide short-term and long-term lifts. Veteran defender-midfielder David Vaudreuil, a 13-year veteran of indoor and outdoor pro soccer, returns to Baltimore expecting to make an immediate impact with the Blast (16-12), currently struggling in third place in the NPSL's American Conference - 1 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia KiXX.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1998
The newly reconstituted Blast named head and assistant coaches yesterday, and owner Ed Hale kept the jobs in the family by awarding them to Kevin Healey and Billy Ronson, respectively.Hale, who bought the Spirit 2 1/2 weeks ago and renamed the team the Blast, will have both men doing double duty with the reborn National Professional Soccer League franchise.Healey had been named general manager and Ronson assistant GM by Hale, First Mariner Bank's chairman and owner of several other businesses.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
The timing was sheer coincidence, but the Blast hopes it's also perfect. Trying to get up from a five-game fall, the Blast announced two signings yesterday to potentially provide short-term and long-term lifts. Veteran defender-midfielder David Vaudreuil, a 13-year veteran of indoor and outdoor pro soccer, returns to Baltimore expecting to make an immediate impact with the Blast (16-12), currently struggling in third place in the NPSL's American Conference - 1 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia KiXX.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1998
The newly reconstituted Blast named head and assistant coaches yesterday, and owner Ed Hale kept the jobs in the family by awarding them to Kevin Healey and Billy Ronson, respectively.Hale, who bought the Spirit 2 1/2 weeks ago and renamed the team the Blast, will have both men doing double duty with the reborn National Professional Soccer League franchise.Healey had been named general manager and Ronson assistant GM by Hale, First Mariner Bank's chairman and owner of several other businesses.
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