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.[1]
Coach United States Danny Kelly
League Major Arena Soccer League
2016–17 1st, Eastern Division
Playoffs: Champions
Website Club home page
Current season

The Baltimore Blast are an American professional indoor soccer team based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The team is a part of the Major Arena Soccer League.[2]

The team, founded in 1992, plays its home games at Royal Farms Arena. 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 was 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.[3] 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[4] (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.[5] 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.[6] It was officially announced the Blast would be one of six teams joining the Professional Arena Soccer League (later renamed the Major Arena Soccer League) in the 2014–2015 season.[7][8]

In their first two seasons as a member of MASL, the Blast would win 33 out of 39 games. They placed first in the Eastern Division in both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, played in the 2015 and 2016 championship series and won the 2016 series over Soles de Sonora two games to none.

Launch of the IPL[edit]

On February 18, 2016, Blast owner Ed Hale announced his intentions to leave the Major Arena Soccer League and form a new league.[9]

On May 3, 2016, the expansion franchise Florida Tropics SC held a press conference stating they would be joining the IPL. At the press conference Ed Hale was announced as the chairman of the league, and Sam Fantauzzo, former owner of the Rochester Lancers, was announced as the first commissioner of the league. It was announced that the St. Louis Ambush, Baltimore Blast, and Harrisburg Heat had "resigned" from the MASL.[10][11]

On August 29, 2016, the Blast, Heat, Ambush re-entered the MASL, with the expansion Tropics joining.[12] The move effectively folded the IPL, as no teams remained in the league.

Players[edit]

2016–17 roster[edit]

Active Players[edit]

  • As of January 13, 2017[13]

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

No. Position Player
0 Brazil GK William Vanzela
1 United States GK Chris Fenner
4 United States FW Andrew Hoxie
6 United States DF Josh Hughes
8 Brazil FW Lucas Roque
9 United States DF Pat Healey
11 United States FW Tony Donatelli
12 Brazil DF Adriano Dos Santos
13 United States DF Jereme Raley
17 United States DF Jamie Thomas
No. Position Player
18 United States MF Travis Pittman
21 Italy FW Daniel Peruzzi
22 Brazil MF Juan Pereira
23 Brazil MF Jonatas Melo
24 France FW Sofiane Tergou
26 Brazil DF Elton de Oliveria
28 Brazil FW Vini Dantas
32 United States DF Jordan Becker
78 United States DF Nelson Santana
80 United States MF Geaton Caltabiano

Inactive Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Ivory Coast Levi Houapeu
England DF Onua Obasi
No. Position Player
7 United States MF Julien Escobar

Staff[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Player Number
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
FW United States Tarik Walker 2013
MF Brazil Denison Cabral 2014
DF United States Lance Johnson 2015
MF/Coach United States Danny Kelly 2017

Notable former players[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Reg. Season GF GA Finish Playoffs Avg. attendance
1992–93 NPSL II 27–13 309 256 1st American Quarterfinals 5,444
1993–94 NPSL II 26–14 322 293 1st American First Round 6,471
1994–95 NPSL II 23–17 317 307 3rd American First Round 5,733
1995–96 NPSL II 25–15 306 258 2nd American Division Semifinal 5,037
1996–97 NPSL II 20–20 260 258 2nd East Conference Semifinal 4,760
1997–98 NPSL II 12–28 250 300 3rd East DNQ 5,001
1998–99 NPSL II 19–21 271 290 3rd East DNQ 4,795
1999–00 NPSL II 26–18 339 275 1st East Conference Final 5,445
2000–01 NPSL II 22–18 300 260 3rd American Conference Final 5,376
2001–02 MISL II 18–26 265 274 4th MISL Semifinal 4,998
2002–03 MISL II 18–18 189 182 3rd Eastern Champions 5,559
2003–04 MISL II 25–11 241 192 1st Eastern Champions 6,330
2004–05 MISL II 15–24 205 238 7th MISL DNQ 5,752
2005–06 MISL II 17–13 184 168 2nd MISL Champions 7,005
2006–07 MISL II 15–15 154 150 5th MISL DNQ 7,449
2007–08 MISL II 19–11 186 135 3rd MISL Champions 7,230
2008–09 NISL 14–4 132 66 1st NISL Champions 7,534
2009–10 MISL III 11–9 105 97 2nd MISL Semifinal 6,259
2010–11 MISL III 15–5 131 93 1st MISL Runner-up 6,933
2011–12 MISL III 18–6 165 108 1st Eastern Lost Final 5,961
2012–13 MISL III 21–5 181 108 1st MISL Champions 5,544
2013–14 MISL III 17–3 147 46 1st MISL Lost Final 6,123
2014–15 MASL 18–2 167 69 1st Eastern Runner-up 6,201
2015–16 MASL 15–4 129 57 1st Eastern Champions 6,102
2016–17 MASL 14–6 113 69 1st Eastern Champions 6,299
Total 470–326
Win % = .590%
55–32
Win % = .632%
5,834

Records[edit]

Statistics below show the all-time regular-season club leaders.[14] Bold indicates active Blast players.

Category Record holder Total
Games United States Lance Johnson 372
Goals Brazil Denison Cabral 445
Assists England Franklin McIntosh 176
Game-winning goals Brazil Denison Cabral 32
Blocks United States Lance Johnson 694
Shutouts Brazil William Vanzela 9
Wins United States Scott Hileman 99

Head coaches[edit]

Arenas[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wells, Carrie (November 8, 2014). "'Hale Storm' reveals prominent former banker's CIA ties, two failed marriages". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://pointstreaksites.com/view/masl/news/news_460679
  3. ^ Ey, Craig S. (August 11, 1997). "Can soccer succeed in Baltimore?". Baltimore Business Journal. Baltimore, MD: Advance Publications. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.kicksfan.com/opponents/baltimore/new/index.htm
  5. ^ http://www.frequency.com/video/misl-statement/156411245
  6. ^ Graham, Glenn (April 3, 2014). "Seeking to become 'more relevant,' Blast breaks away from MISL". The Baltimore Sun. 
  7. ^ Graham, Glenn (November 7, 2014). "A look at the Blast's new league, the MASL". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/04/14/ed-hale-moves-baltimore-blast-to-professional.html
  9. ^ Graham, Glenn (February 18, 2016). "Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale plans to remove team from MASL, form new league". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/FLTropics/videos/1783778395175144/
  11. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/soccer/bs-sp-blast-brief-0504-20160503-story.html
  12. ^ "MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE EXPANDS TO THE SUNSHINE STATE". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Baltimore Blast Roster". baltimoreblast.com. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  14. ^ http://baltimoreblast.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Media%20Guide%20comprehensive%2012-9.pdf

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