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Soul hoping to clinch playoff berth with win over Comets

February 26, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

The Chicago Soul (10-14) will look to clinch a playoff berth in their inaugural year as they go for another win over the Missouri Comets (12-13) on Wednesday night. The Soul were impressive against the Comets on Friday, collecting a 13-2 victory at the Independence Events Center. Chicago, which leads the series against Missouri 2-1, will set out to repeat Friday's dominant performance and claim the fourth seed for the playoffs. Wednesday's battle is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT at the Sears Centre Arena.

On the Radar

Carlos "Chile" Farias is still the man to watch as he leads the Soul with 70 points. Carlos Muñoz, who returns to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension, is behind Farias on the team leader board with 56 points.

Jeff Richey came close to his second shutout of the season on Friday, holding the Comets scoreless until the final six seconds of the game. Richey made 16 out of 17 saves to help put the game out of Missouri's reach and keep playoff hopes for Chicago alive.

Alexander Megson will be another Soul member to look out for as he also comes off of a stellar performance against the Comets. Megson led the squad to victory with his hat trick, finishing with a total of seven points on the night.

Missing In Action

The Soul will miss Eric Lukin, who suffered an injury in Missouri on Friday after taking an elbow from the Comets' Leo Gibson. Lukin will be sidelined until further notice.

Chicago may also miss a key defender in Aaron Nichols, who was injured during a practice. Nichols is on day-to-day status, and is probable to return for Wednesday night's contest.

The Competition

After dropping to the Soul on Friday, the Comets managed to bounce back against their rivals, the Wichita Wings, with a 15-11 victory. With the win, Missouri was able to claim a playoff spot, and currently sits in position to secure the third seed.

The Comets will suffer a huge loss in Leo Gibson, who will serve a five-game suspension after collecting a red card on Friday against the Soul. Gibson, who was recently named MISL Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Month in January, is a key piece for Missouri, currently ranking second on his team in points with 67.

With Gibson out, the Comets will heavily rely on Byron Alvarez and Vahid Assadpour, who lead the squad with 72 and 66 points, respectively. Brian Harris has also come up big for Missouri after scoring the goal that spoiled Chicago's shutout bid on Friday and stepping up again against Wichita with a pair of 3-point goals.

Catch the Action

Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at MISLnation.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets to a Chicago Soul home game, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or contact the Soul office at (224) 699-4110.

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