Blast preview



* WHEN: Tonight, 8:35.

* WHERE: Kansas Coliseum.

* RADIO: WCAO-AM (600).


* WHEN: Sunday, 2:05 p.m.

* WHERE: Baltimore Arena.

* TV/RADIO: Channel 45; WCAO-AM (600).

* OUTLOOK: The Blast (20-25) has only six road wins. Four of those have come in overtime. All of them have been one-goal victories. Now the Blast has to go to Wichita, where the Wings have beaten it three times this season. The Blast also has to beat Wichita by five goals if it wants to avoid a possible postseason tie-breaker situation. If the Wings (18-28) and Blast wind up tied for the final playoff spot, goals scored is the first denominator, and right now, thanks to Wichita's 9-2 victory at the Arena last Friday, the Wings have a four-goal edge.

Baltimore native Chris Reif (two goals, two assists in four games) will be playing his last game under his 15-day contract tonight. Blast coach Kenny Cooper said the team probably will hold off signing Reif to another 15-day deal until it sees how things shape up for the postseason. According to the MSL rules, the Blast can sign Reif to only one more 15-day deal.

Wichita will be without Chico Borja (ankle) and David Byrne (broken toe), but have added two former MSL players to the roster: forward Diego Castro and midfielder Cha Cha Namdar. St. Louis (26-18) plays in Kansas City tonight before coming to town Sunday. The Storm has beaten the Blast in their last two meetings, but is 0-2 this season at the Arena.

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