Nov. 2, 2011
Loyola University Maryland alum Mike Deasel has signed to play indoor professional soccer with the Baltimore Blast, the Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced today.
Deasel, a native of Baltimore who attended Loyola Blakefield High School, played through the Baltimore Bays club program and was a member of three Baltimore Bays National Championship club teams. He will be making his professional debut this season.
"I am really excited about signing with the Blast," Deasel said. "Going to school locally at Loyola Blakefield, then to Loyola for college and now continuing my soccer career with a local professional team is great. Playing professional soccer has been a long time dream of mine and to be able to continue playing in my hometown just makes it that much better."
While with the Greyhounds, Deasel was a four-year starter from 2007-10. He was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team in each of his final three seasons, while he also garnered All-MAAC Second Team honors in 2008 and 2009. As a sophomore, Deasel was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-North Atlantic Regional Second Team.
Throughout his career, Loyola posted a 57-20-7 record, won two MAAC Championships and claimed two regular-season titles. The Greyhounds also appeared in three-straight NCAA Tournaments with Deasel on the field.
Forward Adriano Dos Santos and midfielder JT Noone will join Deasel as roster additions for the Blast.
“These are three additions to the squad that we hope will be able to contribute right away,” head coach Danny Kelly said.
The Blast will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 12 hosting the Syracuse Silver Knights at 1st Mariner Arena.