CHICAGO - With the Blast's history against expansion teams, a new franchise would seem to have been a perfect candidate to extend a winning streak, but the Chicago Storm proved an exception last night, ending the Blast's two-game run with a 10-6 victory in front of 3,110.
The Blast entered the game with an 18-6 record against Major Indoor Soccer League expansion teams. Chicago was the only newcomer the Blast has had a losing record against and the team was powerless to change that last night.
The two-time defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion's record slipped to 4-7 as it remained in last place in Eastern Division.
The Blast has lost both games it's played against Chicago. The Storm won the first meeting, 3-1, on Nov. 13 at 1st Mariner Arena.
Recent signee Marcos Chantel scored the first of his two goals at 3:07 to tie the game for the Blast, but the Storm got three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 first-quarter lead.
The Blast's Giuliano Celenza, who also scored a pair, collected his first goal off a Scott Schweitzer assist with 1:18 gone in the second quarter, but the home team added two for a 6-2 haltime lead.
Chicago scored the first three goals of the third period to put the game out of reach.
"We started pretty poor," said Max Thompson, the assistant coach who ran the team for Tim Wittman, who stayed home after being released from the hospital Frioday after treatment for kidney stones.
"If we would have started the game the way we finished the game, maybe we could have given them a better game.
"Chicago just worked harder than us."
The Blast looked listless in playing its second game on consecutive nights. It defeated Milwaukee, 5-4, Friday at home.
"The two times we played Chicago, we played the night before and we had a lot of injuries," said Carlos Farias. "We want to play Chicago with all our players and rest. They've got a good team, but we know we're much better than them.
"Today, they finished their chances, and we tried to come back in the second half, but we didn't have legs."
Midfielder P.J. Wakefield and forward David Bascome added goals for the Blast.
The Blast played without Adilson De Lima, Denison Cabral, Carlos Garcia and Danny Kelly, all out with knee injuries.
Blast 1 1 1 3 - 6
Chicago 4 2 3 1 - 10
First quarter - 1. Chicago, Alvarez (Carrieri), :38; 2. Blast, Chantel, 3:07; 3. Chicago, Rosenband (Valle), 4:24; 4. Chicago, Marojevic, 8:05; 5. Chicago, Pernia, 10:50. Second quarter - 6. Blast, Celenza (Schweitzer), 1:18; 7. Chicago, Morad , 4:39; 8. Chicago, Morad (Schneider). Third quarter - 9. Chicago, Marojevic, 1:20; 10. Chicago, Carrieri (Long), 3:13; 11. Chicago, Rosenband (Morad), 8:34; 12. Blast, Celenza, 9:17. Penalities - Blast, Nelson. Fourth quarter - 13. Blast, Chantel (Wakefield), 1:34; 14. Chicago, Naumoski (Decu), 6:47; 15. Blast, Wakefield (Schweitzer), 7:53; 16. Blast, Bascome (Celenza), 10:18. Penalities - Chicago, Waltman; Chicago, Valle. Shootout conversions- Chicago 0-for-0; Blast 0-for-1. Power-play conversions: Chicago 0-for-1; Blast, 2-of-2. A - 3,110.
Next for Blast
Matchup: Blast (4-7) vs. Milwaukee Wave (8-3)
Site: U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wis.
When: Friday, 8:05 p.m.
Radio: WCBM (680 AM)