The Blast has been a power in professional indoor soccer with a steady stream of rivals to fend off for more than a decade.
In the early 2000s, the now-defunct Philadelphia KiXX had a pestering quality with player-coach Omid Namazi playing the ideal villain and legendary goalie Peter Pappas always difficult to beat.
Next came the Milwaukee Wave, which played with a robotic efficiency that produced maddening success — and frustration for the Blast — under longtime coach Keith Tozer.
Four years ago, when the Missouri Comets nudged past the Wave, the Blast found itself a worthy new foe.
Going into the 2015-16 Major Arena Soccer League season, it was almost a given...