By the Numbers:
Baltimore Blast: 3-0
Milwaukee Wave: 1-1
Rochester Lancers: 1-1
The Blast has kicked off their 33rd season of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore with three straight home wins and will play on the road this weekend for the first time in 2012-13. After the completion of Friday night’s game against the Wave, the Blast will travel to Rochester for Saturday’s match against the Lancers.
This 2012-13 Blast squad features seven new players, including goalkeepers Troy Hernandez (2-0) and William Vanzela (1-0). The team is led by newcomer Tony Donatelli, who has recorded 13 points in the first three games, followed by Machel Millwood (11 points). Millwood, Baltimore’s longest-tenured player, ranks fifth’s on the team’s all-time scoring list with 397 career points.
There’s no Place Like Home
The Blast, 9-3 at home last season, starts 2012-13 with four straight home games in the span of just 13 days. The team has boasted winning records at home each of the last six seasons and has had winning home records in 17 of the last 19 seasons. The Blast enters Friday’s game on a 12-game regular-season home win streak.
Blast vs. Wave
Dating back to the 1992-93 season, the Blast vs. Wave rivalry is the fiercest and longest-standing rivalry in indoor soccer. The Blast is 30-46 all-time against the Wave in the regular season while holding a 9-6 edge in postseason play. Since the 2003 postseason, the Blast and Wave have played each other six times in the playoffs with Baltimore winning the Championship matchups in 2003 and 2004 and Milwaukee beating the Blast for the title in 2011 and 2012.
The Wave started the season with a 12-4 win over Wichita before falling 13-11 at home to the Comets in their second game. The team is led by former Blast player Jonathan Greenfield who has seven points on the season and Hewerton Moreira who has five points in the team’s first two games. With veteran goalkeepers Nick Vorberg and Marcel Feenstra still manning the nets, the Wave is primed to fight the Blast for the top spot in the MISL again this season.
The Lancers, led by veteran and MISL Player of the Week Doug Miller, is 1-1 on the season after opening the season with a loss to Syracuse before bouncing back for an 18-16 win over the Soul. The Blast knocked the Lancers out of the postseason in 2012 with a two-game sweep in the Eastern Division Finals.
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Tickets to every home Blast game are available at TicketMaster.com