by Pete Richmire

The Kansas City Comets (7-1) are set to host the first professional indoor soccer game in Downtown Kansas City in over a decade on Saturday evening when they host the Tacoma Stars (2-3) at T-Mobile Center. The game coincides with the United Soccer Coaches Convention being held at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Tonight’s game will complete a home-and-home series which began last Sunday with an 8-7 Comets victory at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. That win raised Kansas City’s all-time MASL record over the Stars to 5-3. The Comets are 4-2 vs Tacoma at home with the two losses coming last season in a pair of 6-5 games at Cable Dahmer Arena.

With last Sunday’s win, the Comets maintained a tie for best record in the MASL at 7-1 with the Florida Tropics, who are in action at home Friday night against a surging Dallas Sidekicks team. The biggest take-away from the team’s win in Tacoma, was a hat-trick scored by Leo Gibson despite playing while not felling 100%. He leads Comets’ scorers all-time against the Stars with 13 goals.

For the season, Gibson tops the squad in scoring and leads the league as well heading into Week 8 of the MASL 2021-22 campaign with 20 points (12G-8A). John Sosa matches Gibson’s team high in assists with eight and with his seven goals is second on the team in scoring with 15 points. Rian Marques (7G-3A) is the remaining Kansas City player with double-digit production in points.

Nicolau Neto continues to lead the league in wins by goalkeepers with seven and stay in the Top 5 in goals-against-average (4.89) and save percentage (.725). His counterpart on the Stars, Danny Waltman, is 2-3 with a 6.12 GAA and .659 sv%.

Nick Perera leads Tacoma scorers and is second in the league in points as Week 8 gets underway with 19 points (12G-7A). The next closest on the team is Alessandro Canale with 10 points (9G-1A).