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Blast aim to improve to 9-0 Saturday against Comets

Posted on 14 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Saturday, December 15 vs. Missouri Comets

1st Mariner Arena, 7:35 p.m.


By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: First place, 8-0

*Missouri Comets: Second place, 5-3

* The Comets will play the Syracuse Silver Knights Friday night at 7:30


The Blast has kicked off their 33rd season of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore with eight straight wins, marking the seventh time since the 1992-93 season the team has started with five or more wins.  The Blast is looking to extend the win streak to nine games Saturday night against the Comets and, ultimately, to match the 1993-94 Baltimore Spirit squad’s record of 10 straight wins to open the season.


The 2012-13 Blast squad features seven new players, including goalkeepers Troy Hernandez and William Vanzela (both are 4-0).  The team is led by Machel Millwood, Baltimore’s longest-tenured player, who has 27 points.  Max Ferdinand follows with 25 points and newcomer Tony Donatelli has 24 points in his return to the indoor game.  Pat Healey and Neto (14 points) as well as Mike Lookingland and Lucio Gonzaga (13) also rank among the league’s top 25 point scorers.  Lookingland and Vanzela, who have combined to lead the Blast’s defensive efforts, were named November MISL Players of the Month.


There’s no Place Like Home

The Blast, 9-3 at home last season, started 2012-13 with four home games in the span of just 13 days.  The team, 5-0 at home this season, has boasted winning records at home each of the last six seasons and has had winning home records in 18 of the last 20 seasons.  The Blast returns to 1st Mariner Arena Saturday night with hopes of extending its 14-game regular-season home win streak.


The Competition

The Comets started the season 4-0 before the Blast came to town and handed them their first loss of the season (12-4 on November 24).  The loss to the Blast was the first of three straight Comets’ losses before the team rebounded last weekend with a 14-11 win over Chicago.  Led by this week’s MISL Player of the Week, Byron Alvarez (32 points), the Comets will play in Syracuse Friday night before heading to Baltimore for Saturday’s game.  Leo Gibson (13 points) was also named to the MISL Team of the Week after recording three points and four blocks in Sunday’s victory over the Soul.



Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at MISLNation.com.


Upcoming Games

Friday, December 21 at Chicago Soul

Saturday, December 22 at Milwaukee Wave


Make Your Holidays Blastastic

Blast game tickets and merchandise make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

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Blast add two for 2012-2013 season

Posted on 16 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Baltimore – Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced today that the team has signed midfielder Tony Donatelli and forward Tino Nunez, pending league approval.  The Blast opened training camp earlier this week and will kick off the 2012-13 MISL season on November 3 against the Chicago Soul at 1st Mariner Arena.


Donatelli, who spent two seasons with the Philadelphia KiXX, most recently played for the 2012 USL PRO Champion Charleston Battery.  He recorded three goals and four assists (10 points) in the USL PRO regular season en route to the Championship win over the Wilmington Hammerheads.  Donatelli previously also played for the Rochester Rhinos (2011), Montreal Impact (2009-10) and Vancouver Whitecaps (2006-08), winning championships with Vancouver in 2006 and Montreal in 2009.  He played for the KiXX from 2006 to 2008, recorded 37 goals and 22 assists for 100 points and won a championship in 2007.  Donatelli finished his four-year collegiate career at Temple University tied for first in career assists (20) and eighth in Owls history with 64 points.  After his senior season, he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, the All Mid-Atlantic Region First Team and also earned the Philadelphia Soccer Seven Player of the Year award.


Nunez, who is new to indoor soccer, played for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer in 2008 and 2009.  Drafted by RSL in the Second Round (17th Overall) of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft, Nunez went on to play for the Rochester Rhinos (USSF D-2 Pro League) in 2010, the NSC Minnesota Stars (NASL) in 2011 and for the USL PRO’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds this summer.  He recorded two goals and one assist in 19 games with Pittsburgh.  Nunez started his collegiate career at Compton Community College before transferring to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004.  AT UCSB he played on the Gauchos team that lost on penalties to Indiana University in the ‘04 Division I Men’s College Cup and was a member of the school’s  first-ever NCAA Championship team in 2006.


“Tony has had an outstanding career, winning championships both indoor and outdoor, and is still very much in the prime of his career, ” said Blast head coach Danny Kelly.  “He’s a player that can both create and score goals, and he is very smart off the ball with his movement.  We are a much better team with Tony Donatelli on the squad.  Tino Nunez has had a very successful outdoor career, having played in MLS as well as the USL.  Although he hasn’t played indoor before, I think his skill set will translate well to the indoor game.  He can hold guys off and play with his back to the goal, as well as distribute and score goals.  Once he becomes comfortable with the game, he will have an immediate impact on our offense.”

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