St. Louis Ambush (4-6) at Blast (7-2)

When: 7:35 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Arena

Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBaltimoreBlast

Outlook: The Blast will try to build on its six-game winning streak in its first meeting with the Ambush this season.

Both teams are coming off wins, but neither have played an official game since Jan. 4 — the Blast beat the Pennsylvania Roar, 16-5, and the Ambush beat the Rochester Lancers, 14-12.

Defense has been the biggest strength for the Blast, which boasts the top two goalkeepers in the league. Starter William Vanzela (4-2) has a 5.4 points against average that actually surpassed by backup Troy Hernandez, who has allowed 2.33 points per game while going 3-0 so far this season.

The Blast is in second place, one game behind the Milwaukee Wave, which is 8-1 this season. St. Louis, in fifth place, is 1-3 on the road and will need a strong performance from veteran goalkeeper Jeff Richey to stay close in Baltimore.

After leading the Major Indoor Soccer League in saves last year with the now-defunct Chicago Soul, Richey is struggling this season, allowing 14.65 points per game.

The Blast will need to keep a close watch on Ambush forward Odaine Sinclair, who is ninth in the league in scoring with 10 goals and five assists for 26 points.

Blast forward Max Ferdinand is ranked 10th in the league with 10 goals and three assists for 25 points.

On Sunday, the Blast will travel to Syracuse to take on the Silver Knights at 1 p.m.

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