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The KC Comets take on the Dallas Sidekicks on 1/8/21 in a MASL football game

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The Kansas City Comets are on the road for their next three games before returning to KC for a special game Jan. 22 against the Tacoma Stars at T-Mobile Center.

KC Comets

The Kansas City Comets maintain a clear record after defeating the Milwaukee Wave twice to close out the 2021 calendar year.

Now a Major Arena Soccer League best 5-0, the Comets beat the Wave 10-4 in Kansas City and 6-5 two days later on New Year’s Eve in Milwaukee.

The Comets lead the Central Division by 6 points, down a game, and have a league-best goal differential of +16.

“It’s been a good start to the season,” said player/coach Leo Gibson. “The guys have worked very hard and we are in a good position, and hopefully we can maintain that. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Next stop: Dallas

The Comets will play a road game at the Dallas Sidekicks at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dallas started the season slow with three straight losses — including a 6-4 loss when the Comets visited in December. Since then, the team has installed a new head coach, added several players and found a rhythm with three straight wins.

“Dallas is a good team,” Gibson said. “It took time for them to play together and make the most of what they had. It’s up to us to go out there and really test them for our own identity.“

SLAM Honors

Comets goalie Nicolau Neto is the MASL Defensive Player of the Month. He had a 4.60 goals-against average, .761 save percentage and 70 saves in five games. The native of Juazeiro Do Norte, Brazil was a key factor in the Comets’ good start.

injury report

Sophomore Henry Ramirez tore his ACL in Milwaukee on Dec. 31 and is out for the season. And veteran midfielder Ramone Palmer is suffering from a sprained knee. The team is managing his minutes and he could miss the Dallas game.

After the Sidekicks

Once done in Dallas on Saturday, the Comets will hit the road for two more road games, in St. Louis on Jan. 14 and Tacoma on Jan. 16, then head home for a much-anticipated showdown against the Tacoma Stars on Jan. 22. January at T-Mobile Downtown.

The MASL signature match will be played in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention that week at Bartle Hall. This will be the second time the Comets have played in KC’s premier arena. They played in Wichita in 2012 with 9,000 fans in the house.

For tickets to the T-Mobile Center game, visit t-mobilecenter.com (groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 888-9-COMETS).

This story was originally published January 7, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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