Stefan Stokic sat in the back of the President’s Club inside The Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and watched his longtime friend Kim Roentved’s re-introduction as the newest head coach of the Kansas City Comets.
Roentved, who coached the team the first five years it played at the SEC Arena was thrilled to be back, and added he was bringing some familiar faces with him.
As it turned out, Stokic, an original member of the team, was one of the players he was talking about.
“I am so excited about being reunited with Kim and coming back this season,” Stokic said. “We have a lot of new players this season, along with some familiar ones like Lucas (Rodriguez) and Leo (Gibson, both of whom were announced earlier this month).”
Along with Stokic, the Comets announced the signing of Richmond Kickers forward Anthony Grant and rookie goalkeeper Casey Gasson. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Stokic has appeared in 124 games, tallying 51 points (19 goals, 22 assists) along the way.
“Every team needs a Stefan (Stokic),” Roentved said. “He’s not afraid to throw his body in front of a shot, dive for a header or body up with any player on defense. He plays anywhere on the field we ask him to and he is a leader a lot of our younger players can look up to.”
Grant played for the Kickers last season, making 15 appearances and earning four starts.
Gasson also comes to the team with arena soccer experience, having played for the Colorado Blizzard of the Premier Arena Soccer League last season. Gasson has spent time with the U.S. National Arena Soccer Team and was on the squad that most recently competed for the World Mini-Futbol World Cup in Tunisia.
The Comets open the season at home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when they play host to the St. Louis Ambush.