- PREVIEW: COMETS HOST CHICAGO WITH THE TOP OF THE CENTRAL DIVISION ON THE LINE
- RECAP: COMETS EARN HARD FOUGHT VICTORY AGAINST THE BALTIMORE BLAST
- PREVIEW: COMETS HOST THE BALTIMORE BLAST FOLLOWING A THREE-WEEK BREAK
- PLAYER PROFILE: STEPHEN PATERSON, ‘SOCCER ALWAYS CAME FIRST’
- RECAP: COMETS DROP FIRST EVER MATCH AGAINST THE CHICAGO MUSTANGS
- PREVIEW: COMETS AND MUSTANGS MEET FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
- PLAYER PROFILE: JOHN SOSA, ‘IT’S LIKE A RELIGION’
- RECAP: COMETS EARN A HARD FOUGHT VICTORY OVER THE MILWAUKEE WAVE
- PREVIEW: COMETS LOOK TO TIE THE SERIES AGAINST THE MILWAUKEE WAVE IN FIRST GAME OF 2016
- RECAP: COMETS END 2015 ON A GOOD NOTE, DEFEAT CEDAR RAPIDS ON THE ROAD
Vlatko Andonovski, Head Coach
Vlatko enters his third season as the Missouri Comets Head Coach after three years as the team’s Assistant Coach and with an incredible soccer pedigree that includes an illustrious professional soccer career as well as coaching some of the country’s finest young soccer players. He also serves as National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) team FC Kansas City’s Head Coach. Less than a month before the start of the 2015/16 season, he led the Blues to their second consecutive championship shortly after leading the Comets to a perfect 20-0 season in the inaugural campaign of the Major Arena Soccer League.
Vlatko holds an “A” License, NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA Premier Diploma, and is the current Head Coach of FC Kansas City, one of the most successful teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. He has held positions as Director of Coaching for Futura FC, Sporting Blue Valley ECNL Director, and assistant collegiate coach. He was head coach of the Kansas City Kings of the PASL, and head coach of the girls ODP program for Missouri. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Coaching at KHMAC Futbol Club. As a youth coach, he has won four (4) Missouri State Championships and a Youth National Championship.
Vlatko played professionally for 6 seasons in Europe for clubs such as Rbotnicki FC, Vardar, and Makedonija GP. He played indoor professionally in the NPSL for the Wichita Wings, and in the MISL for the Kansas City Comets, California Cougars, and the Philadelphia Kixx. During his time in the MISL he received several accolades, including two All-Star selections for the Kansas City Comets.
Goran Karadzov, Assistant Coach
Goran Karadzov brings passion, coaching ability and 15 years of professional soccer experience to the Comets program. The highlight of his career includes playing for the Macedonian National Team. His coaching experiences include: FC Kansas City (NWSL) 2013, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, Assistant Coach, 2008-present, Futura Futbol Club 2007-present, FCMAC/KHMAC 2004-2007, KC Inter Soccer Club, 2004. He also has experience in professional play including: K.C. Comets, Major Indoor Soccer League, 2003-2004, FC Vardar – Macedonia First Division, 2002, FC Emelec – Ecuador First Division, 2001, FC Vardar – Macedonia First Division, 1991-2000. In addition to playing professional both in the states and overseas he has served as a member for the Macedonian Men’s National Team Player.
Doug McLagan, Assistant Coach
Doug attended Cardiff University in Wales, UK from 1982 – 1986 where he graduated with a BA in Human Movement Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He played all four years for the All British Collegiate team. He then came to the United States and played in the MISL for The Kansas City Comets from 1988 – 1990. When the Comets folded, Doug followed then-teammate, Kim Roentved, to play for the Wichita Wings from 1990 – 1991 in the MSL. Later that year, Doug was hired as a teacher at Blue Springs High School where he currently teaches Physical Education and works with Special Education students. His High School boys soccer program was the first team ever to win a Missouri State title in 1996, and not be from the city of St Louis. His High School girls team came third in 2004. Doug currently resides in Lee’s Summit with his wife Chris, and their three kids Kyle, Cole and Caden. He coaches in the KCFC club and likes to spend his time watching his kids play soccer and following his favorite team, Chelsea.
Vahid Assadpour, Player/Assistant Coach
Vahid Assadpour has been a part of the new Missouri Comets since the team returned to the Major Indoor Soccer League in 2010. In three seasons with the team, he has played in 67 of 69 regular season games, scoring 49 goals and tallying 52 assists. His 161 points are second on the team in that time span. In his first season as the team’s captain, he played in every Comets game, including the team’s run to the MISL Championship Series. He was named MISL Player of the Week after recording 5 assists and 2 goals in the opening game of the season. Andonovski will rely on Assadpour’s leadership even more this season as an assistant coach.
Alan Mayer, Goalkeeper Coach
Alan Mayer joined the Comets coaching staff in 2012. He played goalkeeper professionally for 16 years, and was a member of the U.S. National team in 1976 and 1977. He earned six caps with team U.S.A., including two shutouts. He played in the NASL from 1974-81 for two different franchises where he earned several honors, including 1978 NASL American Player of the Year. From 1979-89, he played indoor soccer in the MISL, where he helped the San Diego Sockers to the 1982-83 league title, and was named the MISL MVP and first-team All-Star goalkeeper. Mayer signed with the Kansas City Comets for the 1985-86 season and became an MISL All-Star for the second time. “Kamikaze” (as he was nicknamed for his reckless all-out style of play) became a fan favorite throughout his time in K.C., spending his final four seasons as a Comet before retiring at the end of the 1988-89 season. Mayer’s number (0) was retired on February 22, 2013 and his banner hangs from the rafters at the Independence Events Center.
Scott Moody, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Scott Moodyis the founder and CEO for the not-for-profit Training and Research Institute for Athletic Development (TRIAD). After ten years of success at CAP, one of the largest youth sports performance centers in the country, he is now focusing his attention on developing a curriculum that bridges the gap between training for sport and on-field performance. Along with instructing young players at the F.I.T. Academy, he is also working closely with well known equipment manufactures such as Cybex, Woodway, Myotest, Fitness Anywhere and Fusion Sport, to research the effectiveness of their products on this population, and create programming and educational resources to advance the understanding of sports performance training in youth athletics.
Shawn DuMers, Head Athletic Trainer
Fran Heisinger, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Dr. Greg Barnhill, Official Orthopedic Surgeon of the Comets
Dr. Pete Casey, Official Chiropractor of the Comets
Dr. Justin Hildebrand, Official Chiropractor of the Comets
Neil Kelly DDS, Official Dentist of the Comets