Blast drops second straight road game, losing to rival Sockers, 7-2

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After 13 wins in a row to open its Major Soccer League Season, the @BaltimoreBlast has lost two straight.

After 13 wins in a row to open its Major Soccer League Season, the Blast dropped its second straight game Saturday night, falling to host and former Major Indoor Soccer League rival San Diego, 7-2. The Sockers (14-3) added to the misery of the Blast’s two-game West Coast road trip, which began Friday night with a 5-4 loss in overtime to the Las Vegas Legends. San Diego opened the scoring in the second quarter, but the Blast answered when captain Pat Healey (Towson, Calvert Hall) scored off an assist from Adauto Neto. With the help of goalkeeper William Vanzela, who had nine first-half saves and 13 overall, the Blast entered halftime tied at 1. The Sockers’ Kraig Chiles set the tone for the second half by scoring his league-leading 41st goal of the season. The Sockers added three more scores to enter the fourth quarter ahead 5-1. The Blast cut into the lead in the fourth quarter when Onua Obasi scored his fifth goal of the season off an assist from Tony Donatelli, but it was not enough against San Diego, which added two late goals.

Spring training: The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros overcame another potential stumbling block in their efforts to secure a new spring training home in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday when the Palm Beach County legislative delegation approved a motion to introduce a bill in the next state session that would amend water regulations, clearing 27 acres crucial to the new facility. The city of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County agreed earlier last week to terms of a land swap that traded 140-plus acres of city-owned land to the county, which already had approved public funding for a new spring training facility, pending the acquisition of a site. That move renewed hopes for a 2017 opening for a joint facility for the Astros and Nationals in West Palm Beach, and hastened the need for legislative action in order to preserve that schedule.

Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers' Kelvin Bright and James Johnson have been named to represent the Southern Conference in the American Professional Basketball League All-Star Game at 7 p.m. Saturday in Winchester, Va. The game will be broadcast on 1430AM and 99.9 FM.

Running: Gian-Paul Caccia, who ran cross country at Loyola Maryland, recently qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, recording a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 55 seconds at the U.S. Track and Field Half Marathon Championship in Houston. Caccia finished 47th out of 78 participants, coming in under the Olympic qualifying time of 1:05:00.

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