BLAST RETURNS TO TRAINING CAMP
Defending Champs Re-Sign 14 Players from 2008-09 Team
The Baltimore Blast opened training camp for the 2009-10 season yesterday and will train Monday through Friday at Du Burns Arena leading up to the team’s season opener on Friday, November 13 against the Rockford Rampage. The Blast will play 20 games this season; 11 at home and nine on the road.
Former Team Captain Announces Retirement
The Blast will enter the season led by head coach Danny Kelly, assistant coach David Bascome and returning veterans Denison Cabral, Machel Millwood, Sagu, Billy Nelson, Robbie Aristodemo, Mike Lookingland, Carlos Garcia and Giuliano Celenza. Dave Kern, Ryan Pierce, Scott Buete and Jonathan Greenfield will also return from last season’s championship squad as will All-Rookie selections Pat Healey and Adrian Bumbut.
After seven years and five championships with Baltimore’s indoor soccer franchise, former team captain PJ Wakefield has retired from the professional game. Wakefield, an All-League Second-Team selection in 2008 and 2009 and the 2003 Rookie of the Year, has joined the Baltimore County Police Department.
“I would like to thank Ed Hale and the entire Baltimore Blast organization for giving me the opportunity to play professional soccer for the last seven years,” Wakefield said. “The five championships we won is an accomplishment I'll never forget. I will miss playing the game and being around the arena, and will treasure the memories every time I see the championship banners hanging from the rafters. I would like to wish the organization and players all the best for another championship season."
Entering the 2009-10 season, Wakefield ranks 12th on Baltimore’s all-time games played list with 205 career games; he is also tied to rank eighth with 198 blocks and tied for 13th with 247 points. Last season Wakefield scored the 100th goal of his career and played in the 200th game of his career. He is one of just 12 players who had played in more than 200 games for the club.
“PJ has done a tremendous job with the Blast, winning five championships in the last seven years and helping us continue the Blast’s winning tradition,” Blast head coach Danny Kelly said. “He is not a player you can easily replace and it will be a challenge to step into his role on the team.”
All Blast practices that are held at Du Burns Arena during the preseason and regular season are open to the public, with no admission fee. Practice times and location are subject to change; please call the Blast office to confirm.
Blast season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now by calling the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST. Single-game tickets are also on sale at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at
410-547-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.