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Chicago Storm ready for weekend road games

November 12, 2004 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - Chicago Storm News Release

Chicago (Friday, November 12, 2004) – The expansion Chicago Storm (2-2) of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) will head back on the road this weekend when they travel east on Saturday to square off against the 2004 MISL champion Baltimore Blast (2-3) at 6:35 p.m. CT at the 1st Mariner Arena. Immediately following the game, the “Yellow and Black” will board a bus and head to Philadelphia for Sunday afternoon showdown against the Philadelphia KiXX (3-0) at 12:05 p.m. CT at the Wachovia Center. This will be the first time this season that the Storm will take on Baltimore and Philadelphia. Both games can be heard live on as Storm play-by-play announcer Kenn Tomasch calls the action.

Chicago Storm @ Baltimore Blast

1st Mariner Arena, 6:35 p.m. CT

T.V. N/A


Chicago Storm @ Philadelphia KiXX

Wachovia Center, 12:05 p.m. CT

T.V. Comcast SportsNet Tape Delay Thursday, November 18 @ 1:00 p.m. CT


Storm Injury Report

Chronopoulos, Ted – left plantar fascitis – Out

Morad, Awadalla – left groin strain – doubtful

Senior Referee: Jason Krnac,

Referee: Jason Cullum

Assistant Referee: Jeff Gontarek

Fourth Official: Bob Majewski

Scoring Streak: Storm Forward Byron Alvarez extended his scoring streak to four games after the team’s 9-5 loss to Cleveland on Saturday afternoon. The Mexico City native tallied his fourth goal in as many games on Saturday after Storm midfielder Ryan Futagaki connected with Alvarez 5:36 into the second quarter. Prior to Saturday’s game, Alvarez scored his first goal of the season, as well as the team’s first goal in history, on October 23, when the Storm hosted Milwaukee for their inaugural season home opener. He then proceeded to score one goal in a 9-8 victory on October 29 in Milwaukee, and netted another goal the following Wednesday in a 6-5 victory over Cleveland at home. Alvarez will look to extend his scoring streak to five games this weekend against the Baltimore Blast.

Tape Delay: On Thursday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Chicago will be airing a tape delay of this weekend’s match between the Chicago Storm and Philadelphia KiXX. The two teams will tangle for the first time this season on Sunday, November 14 at 12:05 p.m. CT at the Wachovia Center.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago reaches over 3 million subscribers in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Comcast SportsNet currently consists of three regional sports networks servicing the Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, and Chicago television markets. Together, the three networks reach over 10 million households and provide game coverage for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, and Chicago Blackhawks; the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, and Chicago Bulls; and MLB's Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox. Comcast SportsNet West will become the fourth member of the family on November 2, 2004 when it launches with game coverage of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Back Home: After the Storm’s next two road games this weekend, the team will return to Chicago for a November 26th encounter with the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. This will be the very first televised home game in Chicago Storm history that can be seen on Comcast SportsNet. The game will be the third installment of the I-94 rivalry that has developed early this season with each team taking one win at the other’s home opener. The Storm dropped an 8-3 result to the Wave in their inaugural game on October 23. The Storm returned the favor with a thrilling 9-8 overtime win at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

Chicago Storm season ticket packages are priced at $190, $240, $340 and $400. Packages include an inaugural team autographed soccer ball, discounted parking, exclusive pre-season practice with the team, a mid-season autograph session with the team, ticket redemption for unused tickets, 20% discount on merchandise through the Storm, the first opportunity to purchase playoff tickets, and much more. Individual tickets are also available and range in price from $8 to $25 and can be purchased by calling the Storm’s front office (312) 226-GOAL (4625), Ticketmaster (312) 559-1212 or by visiting Fans can also purchase individual tickets at the UIC box office located on 525 South Racine, Chicago, IL 60607. The box office is open from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

First Ever Meeting: This Saturday night marks the first time in history that the Chicago Storm will take on the defending champion Baltimore Blast. The two teams will square off against each other at 6:35 p.m. CT at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. The Blast is coming off back-to-back championship season and will look to win their third straight this year. However, they will look to accomplish this without the likes of MISL Finals MVP and goalkeeper Scott Hileman, who announced his retirement before the start of this season. The club is currently 2-3 on the season and ranks second in the Eastern Conference. The two-time defending champs are 2-1 against non-conference opponents and 0-2 in conference play with both losses coming to the Philadelphia KiXX.

Last of the Unbeaten: Currently, the Philadelphia KiXX sits on top of their conference with a 3-0 record and is the only undefeated team left in the league coming into this weekend. They will look to maintain their unblemished record, starting with their game on Saturday evening against the San Diego Sockers at 6:05 p.m. CT at the Wachovia Center. If Philadelphia records a victory, then the Storm will have their chance to hand the KiXX their first loss of the season when the two teams square off against each other on Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. CT at the Wachovia Center. This past week, KiXX forward John Barry Nusum was named Offensive Player-of- the-Week while defender Pat Morris picked up defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Bermuda led all KiXX scorers with six points on four goals and two assists this past weekend during the team’s two victories over the defending champion Baltimore Blast. White tallied six blocks over the weekend to go along with two goals, helping him to earn Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. The 27-year-old defender has a total of nine blocks on the season, placing him in a tie for first place in blocks in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

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