MILWAUKEE -- On any other night, Blast forward Giuliano Celenza would be plotting ways to beat the guys he shared locker room space with yesterday.
But in the Major Indoor Soccer League All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Arena, traditional foes were on the same page as they took on the Mexican federation's Futbol Rapido team.
"The All-Star Game is fun," said Celenza, the 2004 MISL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and one of four Blast players in last night's lineup. "It's a lot of fun to hang out with the guys for the weekend ... all the guys you play against every week."
Celenza and teammate Adauto Neto each scored a goal, and Milwaukee forward Todd Dusosky had a hat trick as the MISL stars topped the Mexicans, 9-5, before a near-capacity crowd of 8,671 at the downtown arena.
Celenza broke an 11-minute scoreless tie with an unassisted shot past Mexican goalie Jose Bontti. But a second-quarter opportunity - a two-on-one fast break - was deflected away.
St. Louis forward Jamar Beasley extended the MISL lead to 2-0 at the 7:58 mark of the second when he took a feed from Milwaukee's Dusosky and fired a short shot past Bontti. Five mintues later, Dusosky made it 3-0 on a free kick after a foul on Beasley.
Neto, a Blast forward making his first All-Star Game appearance, gave the MISL a 4-0 lead with 15 seconds left in the half on a shot from the top of the arc. Chicago defender Lazo Alavanja earned the assist.
Dusosky picked up his second goal just two minutes into the second half when he punched in shot off a rebound after St. Louis forward Shaun David's try went wide.
Mexico then came up with three quick goals. Antonia Vasquez broke the shutout at the 9:17 mark and the Mexicans then scored on two power play opportunities over a two-minute span.
Between the power plays, the MISL stars got one goal back when Chicago star Novi Marojevic and Neto combined on a fast goal.
David made it 7-3 just 30 seconds into the final quarter, and goalie Brett Phillips earned the assist. Dusosky scored his third with 10:49 to play on MISL's first power play and Marojevic made it 9-3 as Celenza earned the assist.
Mexico then scored twice in less than a minute - one on another power play - to narrow the final margin to 9-5.
Joining Celenza and Neto on the All-Star team were Blast defenders P.J. Wakefield and Danny Kelly, making their fifth and second All-Star Game appearances, respectively.
The Blast is 12-6 overall and 1 1/2 games behind league co-leaders Milwaukee and St. Louis. The team hosts Chicago at 7:35 p.m. Friday at 1st Mariner Arena
Mexico 0 0 3 2 - 5
MISL 1 3 2 3 - 9
First quarter: 1, MISL, Celenza 11:03. Penalties: None.
Second quarter: 2, MISL, Beasley (Dusosky), 7:52; 3, MISL, Dusosky (Marajevic), 12:01; 4, MISL, Neto (Alavanja), 14:45. Penalties: None.
Third quarter: 5, MISL, Dusosky (David), 2:06; 6, Mexico, Vasquez, 9:17; 7, Mexico, Coria, 10:21; 8. MISL, Neto (Marojevic), 10:55; 9, Mexico, Medina, (Coria), 12:44. Penalties: Dusosky, MISL, tripping, 9:44; Kelly, MISL, holding, 11:59.
Fourth quarter: 10, MISL, David (Phillips), 0:30; 11, MISL, Dusosky (Marojevic), 4:11; 12, MISL, Marojevic (Celenza), 6:27; 13. Mexico, Medina (Lopez), 7:56; 14. Mexico, Lopez (Martinez) 8:40. Penalties: Mexico, illegal substitution; MISL, Beasley, obstruction, 7:24; Mexico, Perez, tripping, 2:26; Mexico, Martinez, tripping, 13:34.
Shots on goal: Mexico 17, MISL 39. Saves: Mexico 23, MISL 9. Power plays: Mexico 3 of 3; MISL 1 of 3. Goalies: Mexico, Bontti; MISL, Vorberg and Phillips. A: 8,671.