Major Arena Soccer League Ron Newman Cup
Blast at Monterrey Flash
When: Sunday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Outlook: The two-time defending MASL champion Blast are making their seventh straight appearance in a league championship and 10th in their past 11 seasons with an eye on bringing home Baltimore’s 10th professional indoor soccer title. It won’t be easy against the Western Conference champion Flash, who finished the regular-season with a league-best 20-2 mark to earn home-field advantage. This is a rematch of the 2015 MASL championship, won by the Flash. The teams also met in the 2008 Major Indoor Soccer League II championship, with the Blast finishing on top. This season, the Blast have once again leaned on a balanced offense and sturdy defense. In three postseason wins, Vini Dantas (seven goals, one assist), Jonatas Melo (three goals, four assists) and Daniel Peruzzi (five goals) have been the catalysts, while goalkeeper William Vanzela returned from injury to make 19 saves in a 10-6 win over the Milwaukee Wave in the Eastern Conference final March 16. The Flash, who went 10-1 at home during the regular season and beat the San Diego Sockers, 6-4, in the Western Conference final, got seven goals from Brayan Aguilar in three postseason wins. Goalie Diego Reynoso has a 5.33 goals-against average this postseason.