Missouri Comets start season with huge win

Dan Moreno

Kansas City is often referred to as the Soccer Capital of America. Last season, both FC Kansas City and Sporting KC became champions in their respective leagues, and so did the Missouri Comets.

The Comets are Kansas City’s professional indoor soccer team, which reemerged in 2010 after playing in the original Major Indoor Soccer League from 1981-1991. The Comets play home games at the Independence Events Center.


Last season, the Comets won its first championship in club history after defeating the Baltimore Blast in three games at the championship series in March.

UMKC and the Comets have worked together throughout the years. After playing four years for UMKC men’s soccer, Bryan Perez and John Sosa were recruited by the Comets and played important roles in last year’s season.

UMKC men’s soccer Head Coach Rick Benben, who has remained the team’s head coach for 17 straight seasons,  served as the Comets’ Head Coach from 1984-1987,  with an overall record of 47-57.

This year, Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski boasts not one, but two championship winning teams. He led FC Kansas City to the National Women’s Soccer League Championship only three months after clinching the Major Indoor Soccer League title with the Comets.

After the Comets won last season, the MISL announced its fusion with the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) to form the new Major Arena Soccer League, which features 23 teams from the U.S. and Mexico.

The 2014-15 MASL season kicked off this past weekend with the Comets crushing former PASL powerhouse, the Dallas Sidekicks, 13-4 at the Allen Events Center.


Altogether, seven players scored for the Comets on Saturday. Leo Gibson, who led the league in goals and assists last season, scored four goals and totaled three assists.

The Comets will visit reigning PASL champions, the Chicago Mustangs, on Nov. 8 before the home opener against the Wichita B-52s on Nov. 15.