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Heated Blast-Comets rivalry moves to Baltimore on Tuesday night to decide conference champion

Heated Blast-Comets rivalry moves to Baltimore on Tuesday night to decide conference champion

The Blast has been a power in professional indoor soccer with a steady stream of rivals to fend off for more than a decade.

In the early 2000s, the now-defunct Philadelphia KiXX had a pestering quality with player-coach Omid Namazi playing the ideal villain and legendary goalie Peter Pappas always difficult to beat.

Next came the Milwaukee Wave, which played with a robotic efficiency that produced maddening success — and frustration for the Blast — under longtime coach Keith Tozer.

Four years ago, when the Missouri Comets nudged past the Wave, the Blast found itself a worthy new foe.

Going into the 2015-16 Major Arena Soccer League season, it was almost...

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