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Blast visit Monterrey Flash in bid for third straight MASL crown

Major Arena Soccer League Ron Newman Cup

Blast at Monterrey Flash

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When: Sunday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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Video: MASLtv

Goalie William Vanzela returned from an injury to make 19 saves and Vini Dantas had a hat trick in the Blast's MASL Eastern Conference victory over the Milwaukee Wave.

Outlook: The two-time defending MASL champion Blast are making their seventh straight appearance in a league championship and tenth in their past 11 seasons with an eye on bringing home Baltimore’s tenth professional indoor soccer title. It won’t be easy against the Western Conference champion Flash, which 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, which 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.

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