Welcome to the 2010-2011 Baltimore Blast Season
As Glenn and Drew would say, I am here covering the Blast exclusively this year for wnst.net. Lets get started.
First of all, the MISL this year has 5 teams in it. There are your Baltimore Blast, tonight’s opponent the Chicago Riot (save jokes for later blogs), Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets, and Omaha Vipers. All these names sound like names of emergency’s that I should call FEMA about.
The Blast finished last season with a 10-8 loss in overtime to Monterrey La RaZa in the semi-finals last year. So, they are looking to improve on that performance this year. The Chicago Riot are playing their first season.
The main off season addition for the Blast happened a couple of weeks ago. The Philadelphia KIXX called it quits. The Blast, doing their best impersonation of Andy McPhail, jumped early and signed last years MISL leading scorer Adauto Neto. He stars the season not playing with a knee injury, but big things are expected this year from Neto.
The game started out a little slow. Riot got an early goal. Several minutes later, Blast forward Machel Millwood scored to tie the game 2-2. That was the end of the first quarter score, but not the story. Riot goalee Jeff Richey played great. I’m not joking, he was fantastic. The Riot will win some close games this year with his ability to make key stops.
The second quarter was even slower at times. Both teams feeling themselves out (Like the Ravens on the road in the first half, just feel em out) The Riot took the lead about with 9:37 left to go. Number 11, Edward Santeliz has both goals for the Riot, and he is clearly their second best player, behind the goalee Jeff Richey. With only 40 seconds in the half, Giulian Celenza of the Blast ties it up on a nice blast from outside.
The third quarter turned real good for the Blast. The Riot commit and early penalty and are down a man for 2 minutes. The Blast don’t score, but the tone for the quarter is set early. Blast domination. With 7:09 to go, the Blast go ahead 6-4 when Worteh Sampson scores. Then, like in a flash at 6:51 to go in the quarter the Blast score again. This time its Max Ferdinand. Very exciting. I don’t think the Riot have more than one shot this quarter.
Announced attendance is 8,116 people. Lets play a game. How many tickets were sold. If we were at an Orioles game, that number would be 37,000.
The fourth quarter had a lot of action, but not much scoring. Then, with 8:03 left in the game, Blast Forward Machel Millwood scores to put the Blast ahead 10-4. The Riot score with 3 seconds to go in the game, to make the final 10-6. And that’s how the game ended, with a Home Opener Victory 10-6 over the Chicago Riot.
Great Game, and hopefully a great season ahead for the Baltimore Blast