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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 Baltimore Sun staff reports | March 28, 2010
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 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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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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December 13, 2009
Blast (1-1) at Monterrey La RaZa (2-1) Time: : 1 p.m. Video: : http://laraza.com.mx/live-video.html Outlook: : The Blast goes on the road for the first this season against La RaZa, which boasts the league's top two scorers in D Genoni Martinez (11 points) and former Blast F Carlos "Chile" Farias (nine points). A hat trick from Lucio Gonzaga, who earned league Player of the Month honors for November, helped lead the Blast to a 19-8 home win over Philadelphia on Nov. 21. Having not played in 22 days, the Blast will need to shake off the rust quickly and get a strong defensive effort led by G Sagu to hold off Monterrey, which is coming off a 15-4 win over Milwaukee on Dec. 6. - Glenn Graham
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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 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 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 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 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 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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By Kent Baker and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2010
Monterrey La RaZa has been highly competitive in the indoor soccer leagues since joining three years ago, but the one thing it hasn't been able to figure out is how to win at 1st Mariner Arena. That trend continued Saturday night as the Blast hung on to defeat Monterrey, 12-11, despite losing goaltender Sagu to a third-period ejection in a penalty-filled, emotion-racked marathon. With a fifth consecutive victory, the Blast (10-7), wearing retro uniforms to celebrate its 30th anniversary, assumed sole possession of second place in the Major Indoor Soccer League while La RaZa (9-8)
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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 Sports Digest | February 24, 2010
Former players Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on March 6 at halftime of the team's game against Monterrey La RaZa. Ercoli, a forward, played for the original Blast from 1981 to 1985, and was the second-leading goal scorer (34) and fourth-leading point-scorer (49) during the 1983-84 championship season. He ranks ninth on the original Blast's all-time scoring list with 176 points and is tied for fifth on the postseason all-time scoring list with 43 points.
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