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Blast to face Comets, Heat at SECU Arena this weekend

Kansas City Comets (4-8) vs. Blast (10-2)

When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

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Harrisburg Heat (5-9) vs. Blast

When: Saturday, 6:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, ticketmaster.com or baltimoreblast.com

Outlook: After their 5-4 overtime win at Syracuse last Friday, the Blast have a four-game lead in the Major Arena Soccer League’s Eastern Division. For the two-time defending league champions, it was the seventh one-goal win of the season and second straight in overtime. Against the Silver Knights, Juan Pereira tied the game with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter and rookie Jon Orlando scored his second goal of the game in overtime to send the Blast home with the win. In five games, he now has two game-winning goals and four overall. Captain Tony Donatelli had two assists against Syracuse and continues to lead the team in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists. The Comets are third in the league’s Central Division, coming to town on a two-game winning streak. There’s bad blood between the teams stemming from a nasty incident during the 2014-15 playoffs when Comets then-defender Andre Braithwaite head-butted Blast defender Pat Healey after the deciding game. Braithwaite is returning to Baltimore for the first time after serving a two-year suspension for the incident. Now a forward, he will be marked occasionally by Healey, who is expected to return from a hamstring injury. On Dec. 30, the Blast claimed a 5-3 road win against the Comets in the teams’ first meeting this season. On Saturday, the Interstate 83 rivalry continues against the Heat with the teams splitting the first two games. On Jan. 6, the Blast got a goal from Andrew Hoxie for a 4-3 home win.

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