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BLAST SIGNS VETERAN DEFENDER

BLAST SIGNS VETERAN DEFENDER FOR 2010-11 SEASON
Nine-Time All-League Selection Pat Morris Joined the Team in Training Camp Today

Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced that the team has signed veteran defender Pat Morris.  The team has also signed goalkeeper Nick Hovaker and acquired forward Worteh Sampson in a trade with the Missouri Comets.  Morris, who spent the last 11 seasons with the Philadelphia KiXX, has played in more than 300 games and scored more than 150 goals in his career.  The Blast will open the 2010-11 season on November 19 against the Chicago Riot at 1st Mariner Arena.  

Morris was named First-Team All-MISL last season after recording 47 points and tying to lead the MISL with 36 blocks.  He has been an All-League selection every season since 2002, was the league Defender of the Year in 2005 and 2009 and has played in four All-Star Games (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006).  A member of the KiXX 2002 and 2007 championship teams, Morris appeared in 97 straight games from 2001-02 until late in the 2003-04 season and was the KiXX team captain for eight seasons.  An All-Rookie selection in 2000, he played collegiate soccer at Philadelphia University and has more than 30 caps for the U.S. National Futsal Team.  In addition to his playing career, Morris just completed his first season as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team at Saint Joseph's University.

“Pat Morris has been, and still is, one of the best defenders in the MISL,” said Blast head coach Danny Kelly.  “He's been an All-Star, Defender of the Year and a champion.  We feel very fortunate to be able to add a player of Pat's quality and character to our team.”

Sampson, who spent three seasons with the Detroit Ignition, also spent one season with the USL Charlotte Eagles.  After a 14-goal and 14-assist 2007-08 season, Sampson’s 2008-09 season came to an end when he tore his Achilles tendon.  A 2005 graduate of Madonna University in Michigan, was the school’s Player of the Year in 2004 as well as a 2004 NAIA All-Region and All-American selection.  The Blast acquired Sampson from the Comets in exchange for future considerations.  

Hovaker, who spent the last three seasons playing with Morris and the KiXX, has a 5-8 career record.  He went to Chesapeake Senior High School in Pasadena where he was named First-Team All-County.

Blast season tickets, five-game mini plans and single-game tickets on sale now.  Season packages are available through the Blast office and game tickets 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.

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