Comets Sign Sinclair, McDonald for Playoff Push
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Comets signed a pair Friday, Odaine Sinclair and Nick McDonald. Per league and team policy, no other details of the contracts are available.
Both have local roots, McDonald a graduate of Blue Valley High School and Rockhurst University and Sinclair a Baker product. Sinclair's signing is a return, as he played for the Comets from 2016-2018 before taking the 2018/2019 season off. He started his arena career with the St. Louis Ambush, and earlier this season played nine games for the Orlando Seawolves, including a 14-6 loss to the Comets.
"Odaine is a player that we are very familiar with. He is a veteran defender in this league and I'm excited to see his game take that next step under Coach Leo," said Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski.
"Nick has put in the work to earn this opportunity. He has been with us since day one of training camp and has a ton of potential."
Sinclair went to school locally, has close friends on the team, and recently started a family in Kansas City.
"I guess this has always been home, even though I started my career in St. Louis. Most of my friends that I've known since I was 12, they play here, so this is home for me," said Sinclair.
"I live like five minutes away from the arena. Just having a baby in December, it just makes more sense. I didn't want to be away from my son, so that was the main decision to came back here."
McDonald has been training with the Comets all season and made his in-game debut in Sunday's exhibition against the Wichita Wings. He helped Rockhurst to three NCAA appearances and a final four as a player and more as a coach. His previous professional experience came with the Tulsa Revolution of the MASL.
With Ray Lee, Ray Saari and Matt Lewis departing for outdoor contracts and the Comets in the heat of a playoff race, Sinclair and McDonald will challenge for playing time right away.
"I think we have a pretty good chance, but every game here is like a final from here on out. It's important that we don't forget, especially with the teams below us. Sunday is a must-win game," said Sinclair of the Pink Game against his old team, the Ambush.
"Nothing else is acceptable. At all costs we've got to win Sunday, because if not, it's going to put us in a bad position going forward. We've just got to take it one game at a time, and hopefully we'll get there."
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