February 16, 2017 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)
KANSAS CITY (Feb. 16, 2017) - The Kansas City Comets head into the weekend with a chance to finalize their playoff positioning with two games in two days. They will face the Harrisburg Heat at home Friday, February 17^th at 7:35 p.m. CT before heading to face their rivals, the Milwaukee Wave, on the road Saturday, February 18^th at 7:35p.m. CT. The team could clinch their fourth straight Central Division title by winning both games.
The Comets have won eight straight games, including a come-from-behind effort last Saturday against the Dallas Sidekicks. The 7-5 victory was the team's 100^th regular season win since returning to action in 2010. Captain Vahid Assadpour led the team with a goal and two assists while Ramone Palmer filled in for the injured Leo Gibson with two crucial goals, including the game winner.
This is the first trip to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for the Heat. The Comets are 2-0 against Harrisburg, with both of those victories coming on the road. This Heat team is much improved since the Comets last played them however. They are led by Ricardo Carvalho and Lucio Gonzaga, each with 13 goals on the year.
Saturday night's match against the Milwaukee Wave is the rubber match for this season's rivalry. This is the third game between these two with each team winning at home. These are the two hottest teams in the league right now with the Comets winning 11 of their last 13 games and the Wave winning 10 of their last 12. Kansas City holds a 1.5 game advantage over Milwaukee in the standings.
The Wave are led once again by Ian Bennett (49 goals, 11 assists) and Max Ferdinand (16 goals, 28 assists). Defensively, rookie goalkeeper Josh Lemos has been solid for Milwaukee, anchoring a lineup that has only given up 5.2 goals per game. However, Bennett along with Robert Renaud and Daniel Chamale may not be available as they were recently selected to join the Canadian National Beach Soccer team for the CONCACAF Championships.
Kansas City has been led all season by Leo Gibson (18 goals, 19 assists), however he is not expected to play as he continues to recover from injury. Vahid Assadpour is second on the team with 14 goals and John Sosa shares the team lead in assists with 19. The key to the Comets success this season has been their defense. They are second in the league, giving up only 4.6 goals per game.
The Comets could clinch the Central Division Championship with two wins this weekend. They could also qualify for the postseason with at least one win this weekend, coupled by a loss from Cedar Rapids in one of their two games this weekend.
Tickets are still available for Friday night's game 7:35 p.m. CT game against the Harrisburg Heat at KCComets.com or ticketmaster.com. Both games this weekend can be seen on MASLtv, the league's streaming home.