BALTIMORE— Former UMBC standout and Major Indoor Soccer League's Baltimore Blast player Giuliano Celenza has announced he will retire at the end of the 2010-11 season. A member of the UMBC Athletics' Hall of Fame, Celenza is a two-time All-League selection and has recorded 426 points in 11 years with the Blast. The club will honor the Baltimore native in a ceremony before the game against the Chicago Riot on March 4th at the 1st Mariner Arena.
At UMBC, Celenza was a College Soccer News All-American in 2000 and was a two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Year and two-time UMBC Outstanding Athlete of the year in 1999 and 2000. He led the Retrievers to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999 after edging Mount St. Mary's to win the Northeast Conference title and defeating Layafette in a play-in game that was decided on penalty kicks. The Retrievers fell to No. 1 Duke in overtime, 4-3, in the first round.
Blast tickets on sale now at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets including TicketMaster phonecharge at 410-547- SEAT. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com . Tickets cost $30, $22, $19 and $16. For additional information on Blast tickets, call the Blast at 410-73-BLAST.