The United Soccer Leagues has announced that Blast owner Ed Hale will be one of three inaugural inductees into the Major Indoor Soccer League Hall of Fame this year. Hale has been instrumental in keeping indoor soccer in Baltimore and in keeping the entire league afloat. He and the rest of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 will be inducted at a banquet on Dec. 16 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Honorees were chosen through a vote of current Hall of Fame members and USL teams.
Hale first owned the club from 1989 to 1992. Since he repurchased the team in 1998, the Blast has become a league power, winning its first championship in almost two decades in 2003, and additional championships in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Longtime Milwaukee Wave coach Keith Tozer and former Dallas Sidekicks and Wichita Wings player Tatu will also be inducted into the MISL Hall of Fame. "I am humbled to be included as an inductee in the Hall of Fame with Keith and Tatu who are legendary in our sport," Hale said. "I am also pleased that we have joined the United Soccer Leagues … to build our sport in North America."