The undefeated Missouri Comets will see several familiar faces at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play host to the Wichita B-52s at the Independence Events Center.
Former Comets goaltender Boris Prado and former Comets MISL MVP Byron Alvarez are members of the B-52s, along with newcomer and former Comet Johnny Markey.
But the biggest news surrounding the struggling 3-4 team is that MISL legend and former Comets head coach Kim Roentved is the new general manager and coach of the B-52s.
Roentved's team is on a bit of a hot streak, as the B-52s have won their last two games.
“I will try not to think about Kim during the game. He is a really good friend of mine,” Comets coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “He has already made Wichita a better team, but we are only going to focus on what we do on the field and not on what they do.”
Last Friday, Andonovski's team defeated last year's PASL champions, the Chicago Mustangs, at home before heading Saturday to Tulsa, where they beat the Revolution. The Comets scored a total of 30 goals in two nights and crushed the B-52s 13-3 two weeks ago at the Events Center.
“I still haven't seen the guys play their best soccer for the whole four quarters,” Andonovski said. “We have been working on the psychological aspect of the game.”
And defender Brian Harris said that's what separates the Comets from many of their Major Arena Soccer League opponents.
“We have the best coach in the MASL with Vlatko,” Harris said. “He gets us ready mentally and physically. He challenges us, and we are ready to accept any challenge because we would do anything for the guy. We love him.”
Comets forward Leo Gibson continues to dominate the MASL with a total of 31 points, recording 17 goals and 14 assists in seven games. His nearest competitor is San Diego's Nick Perera with 22 points.
“If I score I know it helps the team win,” Gibson said, “but scoring is not important to me – winning is. We won an MISL championship last season and we want to win an MASL championship this season.”
The 7-0 Comets also have the top goalkeeper in the MASL in veteran Danny Waltman, who has enjoyed a perfect record this season along with his teammates.
“This will be a huge game because we know Kim is going to make the B-52s a better team,” Waltman said. “We are ready and looking for a battle and we are excited about playing at home again. Everyone wants to play in Kansas City because we have the best fans in the league.”
Tickets in all price ranges remain for the game.