The Baltimore Blast defeated the Monterrey Flash, 4-3, in Monterrey, Mexico, March 25 to win a third straight Major Arena Soccer League championship.
Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela was named the championship MVP.
The win marks Baltimore's 10th indoor soccer championship and the Blast's ninth in the last 16 years.
The Blast went 17-5 during the regular season, with 13 one-goal games.
"We've been doing it all season. We know wherever we go, we're going to get everybody's best shot and that's the challenge we've embraced all season long," head coach Danny Kelly
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. "There was no fear coming to Monterrey. ... We were coming here. We could win. We just had to play, limit our mistakes and finish our chances when they came. I thought we played a pretty complete game."
The Blast scored three unanswered goals during the first half and entered halftime leading, 3-0. And despite a late rally from Monterrey, Baltimore held on for the win.
Last year, the Blast defeated Soles de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico, for the championship.
"Our philosophy is always you have to defend well and create offense from your defense, and if you defend well you give yourself an opportunity to win games," Kelly said.
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