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 (1980–92).
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 Indoor Professional League
2015–16 1st, Eastern Division
Playoffs: Won Newman Cup
Website Club home page
Current season

The Baltimore Blast are an American professional indoor soccer—now referred to as arena soccer—team based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The team is a part of the Indoor Professional 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 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.[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 two seasons as a member of MASL, the Blast would go on to win 33 out of 39 games. They placed first in the Eastern Division in both the 2014-15 and 2015-2016 seasons, played in the 2015 and 2016 championship series and won the 2016 series over Soles de Sonora 2 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]

Players[edit]

2015–16 roster[edit]

  • As of January 15, 2016[12]

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
1 United States GK Jeremy Figler
4 United States FW Andrew Hoxie
6 Japan DF Kaoru Forbess
7 United States MF Levi Houapeu
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
No. Position Player
14 England DF Onua Obasi
15 England FW Jamie Darvill
17 United States MF Jeremy Ortiz
19 Cameroon DF Uzi Tayou
22 Brazil MF Juan Pereira
23 Brazil MF Jonatas Melo
24 France FW Sofiane Tergou
27 South Korea FW Jinho Kim
28 Brazil FW Vini Dantas
80 United States MF Geaton Caltabiano

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

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 Lost Quarterfinal 5,444
1993-94 NPSL II 26-14 322 293 1st American Lost First Round 6,471
1994-95 NPSL II 23-17 317 307 3rd American Lost First Round 5,733
1995-96 NPSL II 25-15 306 258 2nd American Lost Division Semifinal 5,037
1996-97 NPSL II 20-20 260 258 2nd East Lost Conference Semifinal 4,760
1997-98 NPSL II 12-28 250 300 3rd East Failed to qualify 5,001
1998-99 NPSL II 19-21 271 290 3rd East Failed to qualify 4,795
1999-00 NPSL II 26-18 339 275 1st East Lost Conference Final 5,445
2000-01 NPSL II 22-18 300 260 3rd American Lost Conference Final 5,376
2001-02 MISL II 18-26 265 274 4th MISL Lost Semifinal 4,998
2002-03 MISL II 18-18 189 182 3rd Eastern Won Championship 5,559
2003-04 MISL II 25-11 241 192 1st Eastern Won Championship 6,330
2004-05 MISL II 15-24 205 238 7th MISL Failed to qualify 5,752
2005-06 MISL II 17-13 184 168 2nd MISL Won Championship 7,005
2006-07 MISL II 15-15 154 150 5th MISL Failed to qualify 7,449
2007-08 MISL II 19-11 186 135 3rd MISL Won Championship 7,230
2008-09 NISL 14-4 132 66 1st NISL Won Championship 7,534
2009-10 MISL III 11-9 105 97 2nd MISL Lost Semifinal 6,259
2010-11 MISL III 15-5 131 93 1st MISL Lost Final 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 Won Championship 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 Lost Final 6,201
2015-16 MASL 15-4 129 57 1st Eastern Won Championship 6,102
Total 379-294
Win % = .563%
38-26
Win % = .594%
5,876

Head coaches[edit]

Arenas[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]