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Comets Return Home for Battle against Stars

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February 9, 2024 – Major Arena Soccer League (MASL)Kansas City Comets News Release

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 (left 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….

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