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KANSAS CITY COMETS READY TO OPEN 2016-2017 SEASON
- Updated: October 28, 2016
KANSAS CITY (Oct. 29) — With a new name and new head coach, the Kansas City Comets start their 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League campaign at 7:05 p.m. CT Saturday against the Cedar Rapids Rampage at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Goran Karadzov takes the helm after three years as an assistant coach under Vlatko Andonovski. The Comets posted a 58-15 record, made two Eastern Conference Finals appearances and won the 2014 Major Indoor Soccer League title in that time.
Karadzov brings back much of the Comets roster from last season including the top four point scorers in Vahid Assadpour, Leo Gibson, Lucas Rodriguez and John Sosa. The four combined for 150 of the team’s 273 points.
The Comets also add one of their top competitors in former St. Louis star Odaine Sinclair. He was the Ambush’s point leader in each of the last three seasons with 36 goals and 38 assists. He was the league’s 2014 Rookie of the Year.
The Comets are undefeated against the Rampage, winning all three match-ups last season. Cedar Rapids is hoping for better results this year as they spent their offseason trying to build a roster that can continue to compete in the very tough Central Division.
To start, long-time arena soccer veteran Hewerton (pronounced eh-ver-ton) Moreira was named Head Coach, but will continue to play on the field. Other veterans such as Jonathan Greenfield, Pablo da Silva and Tony Walls will bring experience to the field that Moreira hopes can take his team to the next level
The Comets will play 10 games, including each of their first three, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena from October to February. Kansas City will continue the home stand with matches against the Milwaukee Wave and St. Louis Ambush on Nov. 4 and 13.
Kansas City Comets games can once again be found on GoLiveSportscast.com or by clicking the ‘Watch Live’ button at KCComets.com