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Blast signs ex-Syracuse player Nelson Santana

The Blast has signed former Syracuse Silver Knights standout Nelson Santana to further bolster its defense.

Santana played four seasons with the Silver Knights, earning all-league honors in each, before spending last season with the Ontario Fury. In 13 games with the Fury, he registered three goals and 11 assists and blocked 10 shots.

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"We're excited to see what Nelson can bring. We're very familiar with his ability on the ball, his competitiveness, and his overall game as he was a rival with Syracuse for some time. Bottom line is Nelson is a quality, experienced player who we feel can step right in and help us compete for a championship again this season," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a press release.

The Blast opens its 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League season on the road against the Harrisburg Heat on Nov. 5 before taking on the Milwaukee Wave in its home opener on Nov. 11.

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