Blast hosts Milwaukee Wave this weekend

After dominating other MASL teams, the Blast will face a more worthy opponent this weekend.

Blast (4-0) vs. Milwaukee Wave (4-2)

Where: Royal Farms Arena

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:35 p.m.

Video: golivesportscast.com

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

Outlook: Off to a dominant start, the Blast should get a significant upgrade in competition this weekend as it hosts the longtime rival Wave on consecutive nights. In jumping out to first place in the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division, the Blast scored 80 points and allowed 11 in four games. Tony Donatelli leads a balanced offense with four goals and four assists, while Lucas Roque has seven goals. Goalkeeper William Vanzela has won all four games and posted two shutouts. The Wave, which is second in the league's Central Division, is better equipped to match the Blast's firepower and defensive prowess compared to previous opponents. Luan Sales Oliveira and Ian Bennett have eight goals and Marcio Leite has five goals and five assists. Milwaukee has an experienced one-two tandem in goal with starter Nick Vorberg and backup Marcel Feenstra. The Wave's longtime coach, Keith Tozer, stepped down this year, giving way to former standout player Giuliano Oliviero. The Blast's last game was on Nov. 29 — an 11-4 win over the Syracuse Silver Knights — and this is the first time this season the team will play on consecutive nights.

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