Three familiar faces are returning to the Kansas City Comets, and coach Kim Roentved could not be more excited.
The Comets have acquired Robert Palmer, Ramone Palmer and Alain Matingou in a three-way trade today with Tacoma Stars and San Diego Sockers.
In exchange, Tacoma receive the rights to midfielder Milan Ivanovic and the Sockers receive former Comets defender Guerrero Pino. Tacoma also receives former Sockers forward Matt Clare.
“We are so excited to bring Ramone, Robert and Alain back home to Kansas City,” Roentved said. “We will miss Pino this season, he was one of our top players and is on pace to be one of the best defenders in the league. It’s funny, the older you get, the more sentimental you get and I do hate to say goodbye to Pino.
“Sometimes to receive value you have to give up some value and that is the tough decision I had to make here.”
Robert Palmer and Ramone Palmer got their pro indoor soccer careers started with the Comets in the 2012-13 season. Ramone had his best season in 2016-17 when he totaled 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists).
From his defensive position, Robert has accumulated 72 points in his five-year career, 67 of them with the Comets.
“They were such important parts of this team, and from an organizational point, it is important to have all three back,” Roentved said.
Matingou, a native of Paris, began his career in Kansas City in the 2013-14 season. In his second season, he played in all 20 games, tallying 21 goals and 12 assists.
While many fans are counting down the days to the Dec. 15 opener, Roentved is happy to have 90-some days to rebuild and refine his team.
“I’m as eager and anxious as anyone for the season to start,” Roentved said, “but I will take all the time I can get. We have five or six more spots to fill – important spots – and we will use the time we have to build the best team we can for our fans.”