With less than two weeks before the hope opener and a few roster spots left to fill, the Blast will travel to Syracuse on Thursday for a preseason exhibition match against the Silver Knights. The match from the Oncenter War Memorial will begin at 7 p.m.; admission is free. Updates will be available on the Blast twitter page @BaltimoreBlast.
Baltimore won three of the five meetings between the clubs last season, including a 15-13 overtime win in the Knights’ season finale. Syracuse got off to a good start, winning three in a row and ruining the Blast's 2011 home opener with an 18-7 on November 12.
The Silver Knights, who are entering their second MISL season, bring back many of their offensive players from their inaugural season including Slavisa Ubiparipovic, the MISL Rookie of the Year who led the team with 22 goals. The team has also signed Nate Bourdeau and Matt Clare, formerly of the Norfolk SharX. Clare scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign in 2011-12.
The exhibition game will consist of four 20-minute quarters with a continuous game clock and a five-minute halftime.