Baltimore Blast announce August game with Canadian National Team

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The U.S. may have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but competitive soccer with national pride on the line is coming right to Towson. Local arena soccer team the Baltimore Blast will take on the Canadian National Team in a game at SECU Arena on Aug. 4, the franchise announced today.

For the Canadian team, the game is preparation for the World Cup of arena soccer, the WMF Arena Soccer World Championship, scheduled to be held in Mexico this October. Canada will also play a series of games against the American and Mexican teams ahead of the tournament at other locations.

Blast owner Ed Hale said in a statement that the game represents the beginning of the Blast’s back-to-back-to-back title defense.

In an apparent nod to the tensions between our country and theirs, he added: “This represents a USA vs. Canada game which is timely. The Canadians have a great team and will be a formidable opponent with many familiar players.”

Those players tentatively include Ian Bennett and Josh Lemos of the Milwaukee Wave and Vahid Assadpour, formerly of the Kansas City Comets. They’ll be coached by Wave head coach Giuliano Oliviero. A full roster is due out in the next several weeks.

Tickets go on sale July 6 through Ticketmaster and at the SECU Arena box office on the Towson University campus, and they’ll cost the same as a Blast game, ranging from $23-$50. The game will start at 7:05 p.m.

Brandon Weigel

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