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May 17, 2011
Indoor soccer The Major Indoor Soccer League will be operated by United Soccer Leagues starting in the 2011-12 season and will consist of at least seven teams. The Blast will be joined by fellow MISL holdovers in Milwaukee, Kansas City and Wichita, Kan., as well as first-year USL indoor franchises in Norfolk, Va., Rochester, N.Y., and Syracuse, N.Y. The league will be led by Chris Economides , senior director of USL's professional leagues. Scheduling, competition and playoff format and rules for the MISL will be determined by the league's board of governors.
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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | January 3, 2011
Blast midfielder Pat Healey was named the Major Indoor Soccer League's player of the week, the league announced Monday. Healey scored four goals Wednesday to lead the Blast to a 22-6 road win over the Missouri Comets. The Comets struck first but Healey tied the game at 2-2 in the first quarter and scored a goal in every quarter; he also had four blocks in the game. Healey added another goal Friday afternoon in Baltimore's first loss of the season, a 9-8 decision in favor of the Omaha Vipers.
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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 Sports Digest | July 13, 2010
Indoor soccer Missouri Comets to begin play next season as 6th team in MISL Major Indoor Soccer League announced Monday that it granted unanimous approval to the newest MISL team, the Missouri Comets, which will play its home games at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo., for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The league now has six member clubs: the Baltimore Blast, La RaZa de Monterrey, Mexico, the Milwaukee Wave, Philadelphia KiXX, Rockford Rampage and the Comets.
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By Sports Digest | February 23, 2010
Blast goalkeeper Sagu was named Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week after shutting out the Rockford Rampage, 9-0, on Sunday. It was the second shutout in team history and the third of his career. Sagu, who ranks third in the MISL with a 9.63 points-against average, stopped all 16 of the shots he faced in the match. Capitals: Washington right wing Mike Knuble will participate in a question-and-answer session at the ESPN Zone on East Pratt Street on March 1 at 7 p.m. - From Sun staff and news services
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By Sports Digest | April 1, 2010
Blast forward Max Ferdinand was voted Major Indoor Soccer League Rookie of the Year by coaches, general managers and members of the media. Ferdinand, 23, had 14 goals and five assists for 35 points in 18 games; he was ninth in the MISL in points and led the league with four game-winning goals. Ferdinand also made the All-Rookie team along with Blast forward Rod Dyachenko , who had 19 points in 18 games this season; 17 of those points came in the last eight games of the regular season.
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By Todd Karpovich and For The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
The Blast was held scoreless in an opening half for the first time all season in Saturday night's second game of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals against the Chicago Soul. The only goal the Blast allowed in that span was a close-range shot that deflected off defender Stephen DeRoux. Chicago's game plan was clearly to pack players around the penalty area, escape with a low-scoring victory and force a 15-minute mini-game to determine the series winner. The Blast, however, is a seasoned playoff team and began to break down the Soul defense with sharper passes around the goal.
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By Sports Digest | March 9, 2010
Blast forward Denison Cabral totaled seven points in two home wins this weekend to earn Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week honors. Cabral scored three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 29 seconds during the first quarter of the Blast's 12-8 win over the Philadelphia KiXX on Friday and had an assist in its 12-11 win over Monterrey La RaZa on Saturday. Cabral is second on the team in scoring with 35 points, which ranks him tied for fifth in the league.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The Blast re-signed 11 players from last year's squad, pending MISL approval, team president and general manager Kevin Healey announced Thursday. Returning this season are: forwards Machel Millwood, Adauto Neto, Lucio Gonzaga, Adriano Dos Santos and J.T. Noone; midfielder Max Ferdinand; and defenders Mike Lookingland, Pat Healey, Ptah Myers, Mike Deasel and Stephen DeRoux. Head coach Danny Kelly and assistant David Bascome will also return this season. "This group has a lot of offer," Kelly said in a news release.
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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 and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
The Blast has been released from the United Soccer Leagues and its affiliate, the Major Indoor Soccer League , Blast owner Ed Hale said Wednesday. The team is working on becoming part of a new, expanded league, Hale said. The team's three-year contract with the USL, which runs the MISL, expired at the end of 2013-14 season. A number of other MISL franchises, including the Blast's longtime rival Milwaukee Wave, also have been released from the USL/MISL and are pursuing play in a new league.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
One minute, it looked like the Blast was poised to successfully defend its Major Indoor Soccer League championship Sunday. The next - the players' heads were down and the team's season was shockingly over. The Missouri Comets celebrated their first MISL championship in a rematch of last year's title series, claiming a thrilling 6-4 win in the decisive 15-minute mini game that the Blast appeared to have control of in front of an announced crowd of 6,447 at Baltimore Arena. After the Blast tied the series with a convincing 19-4 win in the second game earlier in the night, veteran Adauto Neto (three goals, one assist in Game 2)
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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 Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
After surviving an oh-so-close call against the Syracuse Silver Knights in the semifinals of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs, Baltimore Blast head coach Danny Kelly has been preaching to his top-ranked team to take nothing for granted this time of the year, especially not with the Blast two wins away from its second straight MISL championship. "Hopefully we've learned something from that," Kelly said Thursday. "There are no easy games, especially against a team like Missouri, as talented as they are. " Tonight, the Blast opens its championship series against the Missouri Comets at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo.. The second game of the series and a 15-minute tiebreaking minigame, if necessary, will be played Sunday at the Baltimore Arena.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Pushed to the absolute limit by the Syracuse Silver Knights in the Major Indoor Soccer League's semifinal round, the Blast showed why it is the league's defending champion Tuesday at Baltimore Arena. Forced to play a deciding, 15-minute minigame after the Silver Knights claimed the second game earlier of the semifinal series earlier in the evening, the Blast scored and defended just enough to come away with a thrilling, 4-3 win and earn the right to defend its crown. Syracuse took a 9-6 win in Game 2 with a strong fourth quarter to tie the series at 1, but the Blast regrouped and did what it took to move forward in front of an announced crowd of 3,822.
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By Sports Digest | January 24, 2010
The Milwaukee Wave defeated the Blast, 13-10, Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Arena, bringing the Blast's scoreless streak to three straight games. The win moves the Wave into a tie with the Rockford Rampage for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and the Blast (5-5) fall into third place, a half game behind. The Blast and Wave meet again Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena. Despite an early 6-2 lead, the Blast fell behind 13-8 in the fourth quarter and was unable to battle back. Giuliano Celenza led the Blast with two goals, including the late goal that made it 13-10, but MISL leading scorer Marco Terminesi paced the Wave with a 3-point goal and a 2-pointer to clinch the victory.
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Sports Digest | March 15, 2012
Indoor soccer 3 from Blast make All-MISL first team Four Blast players were chosen to the 2011-12 All-Major Indoor Soccer League first and second teams. Goalkeeper Sagu , defender Mike Lookingland and midfielder Max Ferdinand were named to the first team, and forward Machel Millwood earned second-team honors. Defender Stephen DeRoux was named to the rookie team. The Blast will play the Milwaukee Wave in the first game of the MISL finals Friday at 7:35 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena . The second game will be played at 4:10 p.m. Sunday in Milwaukee with a 15-minute mini-game to follow immediately if the series is tied.
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Sports Digest | March 3, 2014
With an 18-2 win Sunday over the host Pennsylvania Roar, the Blast claimed the Major Indoor Soccer League regular-season championship. The win gave the Blast (17-3) the No. 1 seed in the MISL playoffs. The Milwaukee Wave (16-4) lost to the Missouri Comets, 9-4, on Sunday, allowing the Blast to take first place in the league. The Blast's game started slowly, as midfielder Max Ferdinand got the Blast on the board first off an assist from midfielder Drew Yates (Maryland). Ferdinand scored another goal before the end of the first quarter, giving the Blast an early 4-0 lead.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The Blast has had many offensive stars come and go over the course of winning six professional indoor soccer championships since 2003, but one thing that never leaves is the team's strong commitment to defense. This season, the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champions have been at their frugal best.  Heading into the last home weekend of the regular season, the Blast is 13-3 and in second place in the MISL, assured a playoff spot with four games remaining. The team's tidy play on defense (the Blast has yielded 79 points in 16 games, a smidge under 5 per game)
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