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Soul prepare for first-round playoff matchup against Blast

March 4, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

The Matchup

Tuesday, March 5 vs. Baltimore Blast - 7:30 p.m. (CST)

The Chicago Soul closed out their regular season with a dominant performance against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday, capturing a 17-6 victory that earned the expansion team its first MISL playoff berth. The Soul will now face the No. 1 seeded Baltimore Blast in the first round of the playoffs. The first battle is set for Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Ill.

We Meet Again

The regular season series between Chicago and Baltimore ended in a tie with each team collecting two wins. The two teams met for the first time on November 3, 2012 in Baltimore, where the Blast took a commanding 23-13 victory. They followed up with another dominant performance over the Soul on November 9, grabbing a 17-9 win. The Blast would go on to remain undefeated for nine games until December 21 when the Soul snapped their streak and handed the No. 1 squad its first loss of the season on a 12-10 victory in Chicago. The Soul managed to repeat that feat on January 11, picking up a 13-8 win over the Blast to tie the regular season series. The two teams will now go on to settle the score in postseason play as they prepare to square off on Tuesday in Chicago and on Saturday in Baltimore.

On the Radar

Carlos "Chile" Farias capped off his steller regular season by racking up seven points on a pair of goals and a pair of assists on Friday against the Silver Knights, finishing with a total of 78 points on 22 goals and 25 assists. Rookie Carlos Muñoz also helped lead the squad to victory on a hat trick that earned him six points for the night, allowing him to finish the regular season with a total of 62 ponts on 25 goals and eight assists. The Soul will turn to the dynamic duo for their offensive expertise as they try to push past the Blast for a shot at the title.

Chicago will also rely on its defensive leader, Jeff Richey, who completed the regular season with 471 saves.

The Competition

The Blast finished the regular season with a 21-5 record, earning them the MISL Regular Season championship and the top seed in the playoffs. The squad is led by forwards Machel Millwood and Lucio Gonzaga, who hold 59 and 58 points, respectively. Max Ferdinand and Mike Lookingland are behind them with 49 points each, while Tony Donatelli and Adauto Neto have 47 points apiece.

Baltimore's William Vanzela and Ptah Myers were recently named MISL Players of the Month for February. Vanzela received Goalkeeper of the Month honors after going a perfect 5-0 with an 8.80 goals-against average. Meanwhile, Myers was honored as the Defensive Player of the Month for recording at least a point in each game in February while finishing with 21 points in five games.

Catch the Action

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The Soul are offering a special deal on playoff tickets. The pre-sale price on general admission tickets is $10. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Fans can receive a 50% discount on tickets with the proof of ticket purchase from the February 27 or March 1 game. To reserve tickets to Game 1, please call (224) 699-4096.

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