Syracuse Silver Knights vs. Baltimore Blast!

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Here’s something fun for Friday night! Local soccer team the Syracuse Silver Knights are going head-to-head with the Baltimore Blast, a team that bested the Knights twice in January. This third game is a chance for the Knights to redeem themselves, so why not go cheer them on? Head to The Oncenter War Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m. for the game! Adult tickets are only $17.

While I’m certain you all know that the Silver Knights are our recently founded local soccer team, some may be confused on the league in which they compete (I know I was). Since home games are based at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena it’s obviously indoor soccer, which is quite different. The Knights are one of seven teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), a league that began in 2008. While many teams have come and gone, the league includes the Baltimore Blast, Chicago Soul, Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers, Wichita Wings, and the Syracuse Silver Knights. The newest team, which was founded in 2012, is the Chicago Soul. While the Knights formed back in 2010, their first game–a one point win over the Rochester Lancers–was in November 2011.

I’m not going to explain all the rules changes associated with indoor soccer, but there are a few details to understand. First of all, the walls (or in the War Memorial’s case the hockey dasher boards and plexiglass) bound the field. You’re also looking at a smaller field in general–MISL regulation fields are 200 feet long and 85 feet wide. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the six active player rule, as opposed to standard soccer that calls for eleven. There’s also a penalty box rule in which a player has to hit the penalty box for two minutes upon receiving a power play time penalty and 5 minutes for a misconduct (yellow card). The team is then forced to play minus that player. The final thing I want to mention is the shorter game length. Indoor soccer is split into four 15 minute quarters for a total of 60 minutes. I did my best, for specifics click here.

The current MISL 2012/2013 standings place Baltimore and Milwaukee at the top with 15 wins each. Sadly we’re currently at the bottom with only 6 wins. The Silver Knights play a 26 game season with 13 at home. Semifinals are from March 8th – 10th and the finals are from March 15th – 17th. We did not qualify for the finals last year.

Despite our current standings, the Syracuse Silver Knights have plenty of potential. For me it’s less about the competitiveness and more about the experience. While I’m relatively disinterested in sports, soccer is something I absolutely love. The last World Cup and the more recent UEFA Euro 2012 resulted in extremely low productivity as I stayed glued to the screen, whether at home or at Kitty Hoynes. I’m a Rochester Rhinos fan and I love the Philadelphia Union, a team I watched in Philly during a 14,000 fan, sold out game. I’ll never forget it and hope to return sometime soon. The energy of soccer is fantastic, there’s nothing like the quiet anticipation as the ball is gradually moved into striking distance. And when that happens, all hell seems to break lose. It’s absolutely intoxicating.

While I’ve never been to an indoor game, I’m excited to check it out. Go support Syracuse’s team!

Syracuse Silver Knights vs. Baltimore Blast
Friday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m.
Onondaga County War Memorial
800 South State Street (Directions)
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-8000

Tickets are $17 adult/$14 youth. You can call 315-303-7261 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday for tickets or you can grab them at the OnCenter box office starting one hour before the game! You can also get them at the  Silver Knights office, located at 7201 Jones Road, Syracuse (Directions).

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