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BLAST ADDS DEFENDER FOR PLAYOFF RUN

BLAST ADDS DEFEDNER FOR PLAYOFF RUN
With Four Games Remaining, Team to Host KiXX and La RaZa this Weekend


Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced that the team has claimed defender Fabio “Fabinho” Ribeiro off waivers.  Ribeiro, who is not expected to play for the Blast this weekend, started the season with the Rockford Rampage.  The Blast will host the Philadelphia KiXX tonight and the Monterrey La RaZa tomorrow night.   

Ribeiro played in 13 games this season for the Rampage, scoring one three-point goal and recording 14 blocks before he was waived earlier this week.  Prior to joining the Rampage, Ribeiro spent four seasons with the Chicago Storm and one season each with the Kansas City Comets and Dallas Sidekicks.  In four seasons with the Storm he played in 76 games and earned 65 points (21 goals and 20 assists) and blocked 80 shots.  He began his MISL career with the Sidekicks in 2003-04 and before that played professional outdoor soccer in Brazil and was a member of the Brazilian National Futsal Team (1996-99), helping Brazil win the International Futsal championship in 1999.  

The Blast, 8-7 on the season and in third place, will host the Philadelphia KiXX tonight and the Monterrey La RaZa tomorrow night.  Tonight is Hope4Life Sports Legends night featuring Sam Jones and Wali Jones.  Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame tomorrow as part of the team’s 30th anniversary celebration that will include several former Blast and Spirit players attending the game against La RaZa.  Blast single-game tickets are also on sale now and are available at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets including TicketMaster phonecharge at 410-547-SEAT.  Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets cost $30, $22, $19 and $16.  For additional information on Blast tickets, call the Blast at 410-73-BLAST.

Fabinho’s Career Regular Season Stats:

Year Team GP 3PT 2PT 1PT TG A PTS PIM BL
2003-04 Dallas 29 -- -- 5 5 7 12 4 16
2004-05 Kansas City 20 -- -- 1 1 2 3 9 15
2005-06 Chicago 19 -- -- 4 4 3 7 11 11
2006-07 Chicago 30 2 4 -- 6 8 22 8 24
2007-08 Chicago 27 5 6 -- 11 9 36 2 45
2008-09 Chicago 20 3 4 -- 7 3 20 10 30
2009-10 Rockford 13 1 0 -- 1 0 3 2 14
Totals   158 11 14 10 35 32 103 46 155



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