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 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.
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.