Blast Re-sign Forwards Jamie Thomas, Juan Galvis & Defender Jereme Raley
BALTIMORE, Maryland (May 15, 2019) - The Blast have extended the contracts of forward Jamie Thomas, Juan Galvis and defender Jereme Raley. Per league and team policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In his third season with the Blast, the former St. Johns University and New York Red Bulls product set career-highs in assists (5), points (12), and shots (29) during the regular season. Thomas tied his career-best in regular season goals with seven on the season. Thomas tied for the third most points in the postseason for the Blast with four points from one goal and three assists in four games. Thomas stated, “I’m happy to be staying with the Blast. Baltimore is where I want to be. I love playing in front of our fans and I’m looking forward to competing for another championship”.
Defender Jereme Raley finished his fourth season with the Blast with career-highs in assists (3) and blocked shots (18), while tying his point total from last season (8). His 18 blocked shots were tied with defender Mike Deasel for the most among Blast players in the season. The former University of Maryland product stepped into a larger role with key defenders such as Pat Healey and Nelson Santana leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season, and flourished. Raley stated “I’m excited to be back in Baltimore with one of the best organizations in the MASL, and I’m ready to compete for another championship come next season.” Coach Danny Kelly said "We're very excited to be able to re-sign 2 of our younger core players in Jereme Raley and Jamie Thomas, both key players in our bid to continue to compete for championships. Jereme is developing into one of the premier defenders in the game, and Jamie's work rate and ability to play a number of positions well make him a valuable piece for us."
Juan Galvis was one of many new players introduced into the Blast’s side as key players continued to suffer injuries. Juan played in Colombia for second division side Deportivo Pereira, prior to moving to the United States. The former Deportivo Pereira player also made appearances with Connecticut-based club Newtown Pride. Galvis made his first indoor appearance for the Blast against the Mississauga Metrostars on February 15th. He had to wait until March 22nd against the Orlando Seawolves to score his first professional goal. Danny Kelly stated “We think Juan has the qualities to be a very good player in our league. He's good technically, can play with his back to goal and keep possession for us, as well as score goals. Juan has showed that he's ready to compete for a starting role moving forward.”