Release: November 17, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
continues professional soccer career with Baltimore Blast
VESTAL, N.Y.-- The 2009 Binghamton men's soccer campaign concluded
last week but one of the Bearcats' alumni is just starting up
his season. Ryan Pierce, a 2006 graduate, is beginning his third
year with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League
Pierce is in an enviable situation. The MISL is the top professional
indoor league in the United States. The Blast, meanwhile, is
the most successful indoor soccer franchise, having won two consecutive
league championships and five of the last seven titles.
This year, the Blast opened up its season on Nov. 13 at home
against the Rockford Rampage. Despite suffering a 10-8 loss,
Pierce and the Blast are optimistic about the season.
"Everyone is excited and buzzing about this season,"
Pierce said. "Everything is going well and (it) should be
a very good season once again for us, especially coming off of
back to back championship seasons. Hopefully we can continue
the success this year and make it (three in a row)."
Besides being able to compete with one of the most successful
indoor soccer organizations, Pierce has enjoyed living in the
"I like Baltimore very much," he said. "The Inner
Harbor gives you plenty to do during your down time as well as
having various sporting venues to go to. One thing that I can
not live without any longer is the crab dip from certain restaurants
in the Baltimore area."
Pierce was a starting back for the Binghamton Bearcats in 2004
and 2005. He helped lead the squad to back-to-back appearances
in the America East Conference title games. Binghamton was also
nationally ranked during both seasons.
Binghamton head coach Paul Marco continues to stay in touch with
Pierce, even though it has been nearly four years since he graduated.
The eighth-year head coach is pleased with how Pierce's career
"We are proud of what Ryan has been able to accomplish in
his professional career," Marco said. "The MISL is
the top indoor soccer league in the nation and the Baltimore
Blast has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence."
The Baltimore Blast organization, meanwhile, has been just as
pleased with Pierce and the impact he has had on its success.
"We're happy we were able to re-sign Ryan to a contract
with the Baltimore Blast this season," said General Manager
Kevin Healey. "Ryan has been with our team for two years
and we have won two championships. We expect Ryan to continue
to grow as a member of our organization and to continue to have
an impact on our team as a defender. Ryan has also done a nice
job for us in the community and represents our organization well."
When the Blast season ends in the spring, however, Pierce is
not done playing professional soccer. The past two years, he
has played in the United Soccer League (USL), which competes
"During my off season with the Blast, I play for the USL
2 side Crystal Palace FC (CPFC) Baltimore," he said. "I
was acquired by them through a trade with the Harrisburg City
Islanders who I had played for my first two years as being a
professional. Crystal Palace Baltimore is an affiliate of the
Championship side from London England."
Despite his busy schedule, Pierce did have some down time during
the summer. He took advantage of his free time by traveling overseas.
"After our season with CPFC came to an end I actually traveled
to Madrid to see an old friend of mine," he said. "While
over there, I ran into a few Spanish National team players, including
Puyol, Xavi, Davil Silva and David Villa, all of whom were down
to earth. I was also was able to see a Champion's League game
between Real Madrid and Marseille in Madrid with excellent seats."
Pierce has been away from Binghamton going on four years but
still keeps in touch with some of his former teammates. He also
follows the current Binghamton squad.
"I got to watch Binghamton beat Boston last month when the
game was on FOX Soccer Channel," he said. "I was very
proud watching them get the win on national television."