So the fourth version of indoor soccer will be played in Baltimore starting in November as the Blast joins the National Indoor Soccer League. First of all, I’m very happy that indoor soccer is back. For years, indoor soccer has been the one constant you could always count on in this town. The championships speak for themselves and I’m glad the front office personnel will be back — I hope intact. In these economic times I did not want to see anyone lose their jobs if soccer was going out of business for good.
So with nine home games and nine away games, my questions begin really after this season and the eventual destruction of the Blast’s current home, the 1st Mariner Arena.
What happens in 2009-2010? Is the convention center an option? I’m not sure, but it is a question that doesn’t have to be answered today, but soon, I would think.
As of 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, I know that Neto nor his agent have been contacted to return to the team. I wonder if they can afford to pay him what he used to make under the old MISL structure? I’m sure some of the names will be the same, but I’d expect many new and young faces (cheaper labor) to be wearing the Blast uniforms this season.
With only five teams and nine home games, I don’t see the revenue being what it once was. I hope that Orlando can somehow improve on its dismal attendance from last year. I will miss the Wave vs. Blast rivalry as well. No Dusosky or Howes in powder blue? Oh well, count me in for season tickets since Nestor doesn’t allow me to have a press pass.
I’ll see everyone in November for whatever this team and league will be. I’m willing to give it a chance. Now will the rest of the Baltimore soccer community, only time will tell.