Comets finally return home to face Stars

The Kansas City Comets are finally back home to kickoff a weekend of celebration in Kansas City as they face the Tacoma Stars on Friday evening at Cable Dahmer Arena. Friday's critical interconference matchup will be assisted by local celebrities providing some quality halftime entertainment as Team Vasos looks to go back-to-back against Team Serrano in the annual Celebrity Halftime Game.

The Comets are back on home turf for the first time since a January 12 loss against Utica City FC. Since that loss, the Comets have lost six times on the road. Their most recent loss came against the St. Louis Ambush when they let a 4-1 halftime lead slowly slip away as they suffered a 6-5 overtime loss.

The Comets will be without leading scorer Zach Reget as he joins the U.S. National Futsal Team at camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Eastern Conference scoring leader has scored his 23 goals in 13 of 15 games this season. Former Tacoma defender DeBray Hollimon (left great toe sprain) is doubtful against his former team while Ray Lee (eft knee effusion) is probable.

Leo Gibson has picked up his scoring pace since the turn of the new year. After being left off the scoresheet for his first five games, Gibson has contributed a point in six of the last seven games. He became Kansas City's all-time leading goalscorer with his 334th career goal for the Comets in last week's loss to the Ambush.

Another player chasing a milestone is Robert Palmer. The Jamaican defender is just two blocks shy of becoming the first player in MASL history to reach 300 career blocks.

This will be the only regular season matchup between the Comets and Stars this season. The Stars have won three of the last four contests at Cable Dahmer Arena, including last year's meeting when they beat the Comets 7-5. The Comets hold the all-time edge with a 6-4 overall record, including 5-3 on home turf.

The Stars (5-5-1) enter the matchup in good shape, having only lost to Western Conference heavyweight San Diego Sockers five times before a 5-3 loss last week against Eastern Conference frontrunner Monterrey Flash. Under the management of head coach Adam Becker, Tacoma is in prime position for another playoff spot and is looking to pass up third-place Chihuahua Savage and push the Texas Outlaws for the second-place spot in the West.

Reigning MASL MVP Nick Perera is putting another MVP-level season together for the Stars. Perera is leading the league in numerous categories with 3.3 points per game, 36 points and 18 assists.

Defensively, the Stars are highlighted by MASL veteran Chris Toth and former Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres. Toth is a three-time MASL Goalkeeper of the Year winner who has rejoined the Stars following a two-year stint with the Empire Strykers. Torres is a former Panamanian international who helped the Sounders to MLS Cup championships in 2016 and 2019, scoring the winning penalty kick in the 2016 MLS Cup Final.

Tacoma will be without Cale Spence (illness) and Gilbert De La Luz (illness).

After Friday's matchup, the Comets will immediately turn their attention to Saturday's clash against former World Cup veteran Marco Fabian and the Empire Strykers.

For the full Celebrity Game roster, see Team Vasos and Team Serrano roster below.

TEAM VASOS


Nick Vasos

Fox 4

Bill Althaus

Independence Examiner

Fred Liggett

Lee's Summit Tribune

Daniel Sperry

Kansas City Star

Jordan Gallant

KC Fashion

The Royal Chief

Recording Artist

Cody Bradley

KC Soccer Journal

Ivani Bing

Power 105.1/Fox's We Are Family

Kelli Peltier

Fox 4

Matt Stewart

Fox 4

Jacob Lanier

Fox 4

Nate Houser

Former Comets/Attack

Thad Bell

KC Soccer Journal

Chad Smith

KC Soccer Journal

Jaime Bluma

Former KC Royal

Kerri Stowell

Fox 4

Michelle Bogowith

Fox 4

Stephen Lomas

AlixandStevenShow and Netflix’s Squid Game

Alix Blahnik

AlixandStevenShow

Dulcinea Herrera

Former Miss Kansas City Latina 2021


TEAM SERRANO


Steve Serrano

Mix 93.3

Morgan Mobley

KMBC 9

Nick Rich

Pioneers esports

Misti Mundae

90.9 The Bridge

Brian B-Dub Williams

Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports

Tucker Franklin

KCSports Network

Luke Wade

KC Crew

Hartzell Gray

KC Morning Show

Alan Shope

KMBC 9

Titus Golden

Ozell Brand

Tim Gutschenritter

Timeless

Jillian Carroll Letrinko

KCTV5

Hector Solorio

South Stand

Craig Cook

Liv KC

Eric Coomes

Mosaic DJ

Chase Alexander

Westwood Aesthetic Dentistry

Chase Higginz

KC Boys and Netflix’s Squid Game

Kyle Allen

KC Boys

Desi Kraus

KC Boys

Blakeston Bryant

KC Boys