The Blast announced hometown defender Mike Deasel has retired after four seasons. Also, the team signed forward Andrew Hoxie and midfielder Jeremy Ortiz.
Deasel, a Loyola Blakefield and Loyola University standout, played in 76 games for the Blast, recording 12 goals, 13 assists and 29 blocked shots. He stepped down to pursue a career as a firefiighter in Baltimore County.
Hoxie, who began his professional indoor soccer career in 2011, scored 19 goals and 18 assists for the Rochester Lancers last season. Ortiz also comes to the Blast from Rochester. He had nine goals and nine assists in 15 games for the Lancers last season.
"We're excited to add two experienced and quality players in Andrew Hoxie and Jeremy Ortiz," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a press release. "In my mind, Andrew is one of the top target forwards in the league. He has the ability to hold the ball up and keep possession, and both can score goals and dish out assists equally well. Jeremy is another great addition who will help us be successful right away. He's a quality, experienced midfielder who knows what it takes to win games in this league."
The Blast has 13 players signed for the upcoming season with the regular-season schedule likely to be released in early September.