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BLAST FORWARD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

03/01/2011 10:33 AM -

BLAST FORWARD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Baltimore Native Giuliano Celenza to Retire at the End of the 2010-11 Season


Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced that forward Giuliano Celenza will retire at the end of the 2010-11 MISL season.  After 11 seasons with Baltimore’s indoor soccer franchise, Celenza ranks fourth on the team’s all-time scoring list and is one of just four players to record 400 points in his Baltimore career.  The Blast have just three games remaining in the regular season, including a game Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena against the Chicago Riot.  

“Epitome of a local hero,” said Blast Owner Ed Hale.  “He played his whole career here in Baltimore because of his love of Baltimore, fans and mostly his family.  He was the MVP of the MISL All-Star Game in 2004”.

Celenza has recorded 424 points in his career and has 26 points in 15 games so far this season.  The Blast’s 2001 Territorial draft pick, Celenza joined the Blast late in the 2000-01 season and recorded at least one point in seven of the 12 games he played in during his rookie season.  Celenza, a two-time All-League selection and a two-time All-Star, has won five championships with the Blast and led the MISL with 38 goals during the 2005-06 season.  He was named MVP of the 2004 All-Star Game after recording a hat trick and one assist to lead Team USA to a 10-1 win.  Celenza, who was also drafted by the Baltimore Spirit in 1996, opened the 2010-11 season with one goal against the Chicago Riot on November 19th to record the 399th and 400th points of his career, making him one of just three players in franchise history to record 400 or more points and play in more than 200 games.  Prior to joining the Blast Celenza was a standout player at UMBC, Essex Community College and Archbishop Curley High School.

“I would like to thank Ed Hale, Kevin Healey and the entire Blast organization for the opportunity to play the sport that I love, professionally, in my home town for the past 11 years,” said Celenza.  “It has been a dream come true to win five championships and hopefully a sixth in my final season. As I move on I would like to thank the fans for their continued support on and off the field.”

The Blast will honor Celenza’s 11-season career in a pre-game ceremony on March 4th.

Blast tickets on sale now 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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