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By Glenn Graham | January 23, 2010
Tonight's Blast game 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.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Before last season, the Blast front office was scrambling to find a starting goalkeeper. Veteran star Sagu decided to retire earlier than planned and backup Akira Fitzgerald left to pursue a career in outdoor soccer. To the rescue came William Vanzela, a native of Brazil who was in Italy establishing himself as one of the top goalkeepers in futsal, another indoor game, played on a smaller field without the turf and sideboards. After helping the Blast win the Major Indoor Soccer League title last year, he has emerged as the league's top goalie in his second season as the team is one win away from a repeat trip to the championship series.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
The Blast took a calculated risk in its best-of-three Major Indoor Soccer League championship series against the rival and defending champion Milwaukee Wave, opting to play the first game on its home turf on Friday. The idea was to set the tone, claim the all-important first win and then deal with wrapping up the championship in Milwaukee on Sunday. The Wave had another idea. With a stifling defense that resembled last year's championship win in Baltimore and a nifty three-goal performance from forward Marcio Leite, Milwaukee took a giant step toward repeating as champions with a dominating 14-2 win over the Blast before an announced crowd of 6,072 at 1st Mariner Arena . "We generated a ton of chances and I thought we handled what they did very well," Blast coach Danny Kelly said.
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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 Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
The starting time for the Blast's road game against the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday, originally slated for 7 p.m., has been moved to 5 p.m. The Blast heads into Friday's game at the Chicago Soul in first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League with a 12-2 mark -- one game in front of Milwaukee (10-2). The games can be seen live on mislnation.com.
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November 15, 2012
Site: 1st Mariner Arena When: Friday, 7:35 p.m. Video: mislnation.com Outloook: Call it rivalry weekend for Baltimore. While the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, the feeling is similar when the Blast plays the Wave. In a rematch of the past two Major Indoor Soccer League championships - both won by Milwaukee - the Blast will try to stay on its early-season roll and get the first jab in against the Wave. In its fast start, the Blast has shown selfless play, with a balanced offense and surprisingly poised performances from rookie goalkeepers Troy Hernandez and William Vanzela.
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By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2011
For the Blast, this weekend's home-and-home series with the rival Milwaukee Wave could have lasting playoff implications. Both teams enter Saturday's 7:35 p.m. contest at 1st Mariner Arena — the first of six regular-season meetings — tied for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League with 5-1 records. In order for the Blast to qualify for its fourth consecutive playoff appearance, it must prove it can beat the Wave. After all, the Blast has had to beat Milwaukee in the postseason in four of its past five championship runs, leading to a distinct animosity between the squads.
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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 Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
With a 9-0 mark going into Friday's game on the road against the Chicago Soul, the Blast will be looking for a piece of history with an opportunity to tie the franchise mark for best start to a season. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. The 1993-94 Spirit opened its season at 10-0, the best in the 33 years of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore. The Blast, which is 3-0 on the road and 3 1/2 games in front of second-place Milwaukee (4-2) in the Major Indoor Soccer League, has two home wins against the last-place Soul.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | September 21, 2005
The Baltimore Blast will open its 2005-06 season with a Nov. 11 home game against the expansion California Cougars, the first contest on the 30-game schedule released today. The Blast will play 15 games at 1st Mariner Arena - seven on Friday nights (7:35 p.m.), seven on Saturday nights (7:35 p.m.) and one on Sunday afternoon (5:05 p.m.). The MISL will feature six teams this season - the Blast, Cougars, Philadelphia KiXX, St. Louis Steamers, Chicago Storm and the defending champion Milwaukee Wave.
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From Sun staff reports | February 7, 2014
Mike Lookingland had two goals and two assists to lead the Baltimore Blast past the host St. Louis Ambush, 12-6, in the Major Indoor Soccer League on Thursday night. By winning their eighth consecutive game, the Blast (12-3) closed in on the first-place Milwaukee Wave (11-2). The Blast took a 4-0 lead in the opening period with goals by Tony Donatelli and J.T. Noone. Lookingland got his first goal of the night to open the second quarter and give Baltimore a 6-0 lead. Mike Roach answered for St. Louis (4-12)
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Sports Digest | January 20, 2014
MISL Blast falls to Syracuse, 9-8, on last-minute goal Bo Jelovac scored with 58 seconds remaining, helping the host Syracuse Silver Knights defeat the Blast, 9-8, on Sunday and end its seven-game Major Indoor Soccer League winning streak. The Blast (8-3) dropped to one game behind the first-place Milwaukee Wave (9-2), while third-place Syracuse improved to 8-4 heading into its rematch at Baltimore Arena on Friday night. The winning goal came after the Silver Knights, with an extra attacker on the field, won a free kick at the edge of the Blast's area.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
St. Louis Ambush (4-6) at Blast (7-2) When: 7:35 p.m. Where: Baltimore Arena Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBaltimoreBlast Outlook: The Blast will try to build on its six-game winning streak in its first meeting with the Ambush this season. Both teams are coming off wins, but neither have played an official game since Jan. 4 - the Blast beat the Pennsylvania Roar, 16-5, and the Ambush beat the Rochester Lancers, 14-12. Defense has been the biggest strength for the Blast, which boasts the top two goalkeepers in the league.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Blast Friday Rochester Lancers (1-3) at Blast (1-2) When: Friday, 7:35 p.m. Where: Baltimore Arena Video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBaltimoreBlast Outlook: Going into the reduced 20-game regular season schedule in the Major Indoor Soccer League, Blast coach Danny Kelly said a good start would be critical; a slow start could bury a team.So, following a second straight loss to the Milwaukee Wave -...
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From Sun staff reports | December 8, 2013
The defending Major Indoor Soccer League-champion Blast blew a big lead and allowed a last-minute goal in a 12-10 loss Saturday night in the Milwaukee Wave's home opener. The Blast (1-2) took an early 4-0 lead on goals by Stephen DeRoux 16 seconds into the game and Max Ferdinand four minutes later. Tony Donatelli scored for the Blast to make it 6-2 in the second quarter, and Aduato Neto put the visitors ahead 8-2 six minutes into the third quarter before Ferdinand padded the advantage to 10-2.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
That first goal is so often the most difficult to get in the Major Indoor Soccer League, with the net seemingly smaller and smaller for the frustrated team as each minute passes by. For the defending league champion Blast - playing its home opener against the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday - the first quarter went by without a goal. And then the second. And then the third. And then, shockingly, the fourth one as well. The Wave got all the offense it needed in the first half and then effectively packed it in defensively during the second to come away with a stunning 8-0 shutout win over the Blast before an announced crowd of 8,780 at Baltimore Arena.
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January 9, 2006
Win or lose, Baltimore Blast fans -- more than 900 of them hold season tickets to the games at 1st Mariner Arena -- show pride in their hometown indoor soccer team by screaming, dancing and jumping. Others display spirit through clothing, masks and even tattoos. Such enthusiasm was on display at Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Wave. Despite scoring three quick goals in the first quarter, the Blast lost 7-6 in overtime.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Blast Saturday Milwaukee Wave (1-0) at Blast (1-0) When: 7:35 p.m. Where: Baltimore Arena Video: MISLNation.com Outlook: The Blast opened defense of its Major Indoor Soccer League championship with a sound 19-8 win at Rochester last Saturday. Next up is its longtime rival Milwaukee Wave, which came from behind to defeat Missouri, 23-21, in its league opener last weekend. Against the Lancers, the Blast scored five goals in the final five minutes of the first half to pull away with Marco Mangione scoring three goals to lead the way. A balanced offense was key in the Blast's championship run last season and was again in the opener as six others also scored.
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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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