Baltimore Blast

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This article is about the current Baltimore Blast team that formed in 1992 as the Baltimore Spirit. For the original team, see Baltimore Blast (1980–1992).
Baltimore Blast
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Full name Baltimore Blast
Nickname(s) Blast
Founded 1992 (as Baltimore Spirit)
Stadium Royal Farms Arena
Ground Capacity 11,286
Chairman United States Edwin F. Hale, Sr.
Coach United States Danny Kelly
2013-14 Regular Season: 1st Place
Playoffs: Lost Finals
Current season

Baltimore Blast is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Founded in 1992, the team plays in the Major Arena Soccer League. The franchise announced on April 2, 2014 that it would not return to the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) after its contract with the United Soccer Leagues (USL), owners of the circuit, expired following the 2013–14 season.[1]

The team plays its home games at Royal Farms Arena. The team colors are red and gold. Their current head coach is Danny Kelly.

History[edit]

NPSL/MISL II/MISL III Years[edit]

The Baltimore Blast were founded by North Carolina-based software executive Bill Stealey as the Baltimore Spirit at the end of July 1992 and joined the National Professional Soccer League. The team replaced the earlier Baltimore Blast, who folded along with the original Major Indoor Soccer League.[2] When the team was purchased by Ed Hale, a former owner of the original team, the Spirit were renamed the Blast on July 10, 1998[3] (Hale had the rights to the Blast name, hence the reason why the team decided to change its name) and joined the new MISL II in 2001. After the MISL II folded in 2008, the team announced it would be joining the new National Indoor Soccer League, which would later acquire the rights to, and became, the third version of the MISL.

Shift to MASL[edit]

One day after the 2013-2014 MISL Championship final, USL President Tim Holt announced a number of teams would not be returning to the MISL the following year.[4] In April 2014 it was officially announced the Blast would be one of six teams joining the PASL (later renamed the MASL) in the 2014-2015 season.[5]

Players[edit]

2013-14 roster[edit]

  • As of February 1, 2014[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 Italy GK William Vanzela
2 England FW Jamie Darvill
4 Costa Rica FW Diego Zuniga
6 Costa Rica DF Daniel Carrera
7 United States MF Levi Houapeau
8 Brazil MF Lucas Rogue
9 United States MF Pat Healey
11 United States MF Tony Donatelli
12 Brazil FW Adriano Dos Santos
13 Brazil FW Lucio Gonzaga
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Stephen deRoux
15 Brazil FW Adauto Neto
16 Haiti FW Max Ferdinand
17 United States MF Drew Yates
19 United States FW Marco Mangione
20 United States DF Mike Deasel
21 United States MF J.T. Noone
22 United States GK Troy Hernandez
24 United States DF Mike Lookingland
99 Brazil FW Frederico Moojen

Retired numbers[edit]

Player Number
Mike Reynolds #3
Stan Stamenkovic #10

Hall of Fame[edit]

Position Person Inducted
Coach England Kenny Cooper 2004
FW Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stan Stamenkovic 2004
DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mike Stankovic 2004
DF United States Bruce Savage 2005
N/A United States Earl Foreman 2005
FW United States Tim Wittman 2005
FW United States Joey Fink 2006
FW United States Dave MacWilliams 2006
FW Germany Heinz Wirtz 2007
FW Canada Domenic Mobilio 2008
GK United States Keith Van Eron 2008
FW England Billy Ronson 2009
DF Trinidad and Tobago Richard Chinapoo 2009
FW Canada Pat Ercoli 2010
GK Puerto Rico Cris Vaccaro 2010
DF United States Doug Neely 2011
FW United States Dan Counce 2012
DF United States Rusty Troy 2012

Notable former players[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. attendance
1992-93 NPSL II 1st American, 27-13 Lost Quarterfinal 5,444
1993-94 NPSL II 1st American, 26-14 Lost First Round 6,471
1994-95 NPSL II 3rd American, 23-17 Lost First Round 5,733
1995-96 NPSL II 2nd American, 25-15 Lost Division Semifinal 5,037
1996-97 NPSL II 2nd East, 20-20 Lost Conference Semifinal 4,760
1997-98 NPSL II 3rd East, 12-28 Failed to qualify 5,001
1998-99 NPSL II 3rd East, 19-21 Failed to qualify 4,795
1999-00 NPSL II 1st East, 26-18 Lost Conference Final 5,445
2000-01 NPSL II 3rd American, 22-18 Lost Conference Final 5,376
2001-02 MISL II 4th MISL, 18-26 Lost Semifinal 4,998
2002-03 MISL II 3rd Eastern,18-18 Won Championship 5,559
2003-04 MISL II 1st Eastern, 25-11 Won Championship 6,330
2004-05 MISL II 7th MISL, 15-24 Failed to qualify 5,752
2005-06 MISL II 2nd MISL, 17-13 Won Championship 7,005
2006-07 MISL II 5th MISL, 15-15 Failed to qualify 7,449
2007-08 MISL II 3rd MISL, 19-11 Won Championship 7,230
2008-09 NISL 1st NISL, 14-4 Won Championship 7,534
2009-10 MISL III 2nd MISL, 11-9 Lost Semifinal 6,259
2010-11 MISL III 1st MISL, 15-5 Lost Final 6,933
2011-12 MISL III 1st Eastern, 18-6 Lost Final 5,961
2012-13 MISL III 1st MISL, 21-5 Won Championship 5,544
2013-14 MISL III 1st MISL, 17-3 Lost Final 6,123
Total 379-294
Win % = .563%
32-26
Win % = .551%
5,876

Head coaches[edit]

Arenas[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]