Dan Counce and Rusty Troy to be Inducted

The Baltimore Blast announced that former players Dan Counce and Rusty Troy will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 7.  Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson, Richard Chinapoo, Cris Vaccaro, Pat Ercoli and Doug Neely are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman.  Counce and Troy will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Rochester Lancers on January 7.  

Counce, the first player ever signed to a Blast contract, played four seasons for the original Blast and also served as the assistant coach and worked in the front office. A forward and defender, Counce was a player/coach during the 1983-84 championship season and ranks 18th on the original Blast’s all-time scoring list with 94 points in 117 games over four seasons (1980-84).  Upon joining the organization, he became a key member of the club’s early community relations campaign that helped spread the word of indoor soccer throughout the Baltimore area.  After retiring as a professional player at the completion of the 1983-84 season, Counce returned to the Blast prior to the 1986-87 season to serve as the team’s Vice President and General Manager.  In his first season as GM, the Blast went 33-19 and Counce was part of the Blast front office team that increased corporate advertising and sponsorship, revamped and increased team’s promotional appearance schedule and brought several All-Star-caliber players to Baltimore.  The Blast advanced to the postseason every season Counce was in the front office and twice advanced to the Championship Game (1989 and 1990).  Counce now resides in the Denver area.

Troy, who spent four seasons with the original Blast and two seasons with the Baltimore Spirit, was the Blast’s first pick in the 1988 college dispersal draft.  He was named MSL Rookie of the Year in 1989 after recording 15 goals in his first professional season.  Troy ranks 12th on the original Blast’s all-time scoring list with 128 points in 185 games over four seasons.  As a defender and a forward, he recorded 44 points during the 1991-92 season while serving as team captain.  In two seasons with the Spirit Troy accumulated 189 points and still ranks 20th on the current team’s all-time points list.  Troy currently lives in the Dallas area and is involved in commercial real estate.

“It is a honor to be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame and join the distinguished list of prior inductees, some of whom I had the great pleasure of playing with”, said Troy.  “Coming out of college I had no expectations of playing professional soccer until Coach Kenny Cooper and Drew Forrester took a chance and drafted me after my appearance in a college showcase game. I came in that first year and was lucky enough to have great teammates that showed me how to be the best player possible and instill in me the work ethic necessary to develop my game. Baltimore was and continues to be one of the best franchises for promoting the game of indoor soccer which is a credit to their strong ownership and front office staff. I appreciate their acknowledgment and inclusion of past players in their rich history and I am proud to be a part of such. I would like to thank all of my teammates during my time with the Blast and Spirit and also all the fans, it will be a special day for me and my family.”

The Blast, 7-3 and in first place in the Eastern Division, will finish 2011 with a road game against the Milwaukee Wave and will return to 1st Mariner Arena on January 6 and 7 to host the Syracuse Silver Knights and Rochester Lancers, respectively.  Single-game tickets cost $30, $22, $19 and $16 and are on sale at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at  For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

Dan Counce and Rusty Troy Career Stats

Dan Counce Original Blast Regular Season:
GP - 117
Goals - 43
Assists - 51
Points - 94

Dan Counce Original Blast Postseason:
GP - 29
Goals - 5
Assists - 8
Points - 13

Rusty Troy Original Blast Regular Season:
GP - 185
Goals - 78
Assists - 50
Points - 128

Rusty Troy Original Blast Postseason:
GP - 29
Goals - 6
Assists - 6
Points - 12

Rusty Troy Current Blast/Spirit Regular Season:
GP - 76
3PG - 2
2PG - 53
1PG - 19
TG - 74
Assists - 58
Points - 189

Rusty Troy Current Blast/Spirit Regular Season:
GP - 3
3PG - 0
2PG - 3
1PG - 0
TG - 3
Assists - 1
Points - 7

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