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  • Comets sign former Rockhurst star

  • The Missouri Comets have signed former Rockhurst High School standout Will John for the upcoming season, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Wichita at the Independence Events Center.

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  • The Missouri Comets have signed former Rockhurst High School standout Will John for the upcoming season, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Wichita at the Independence Events Center.
    John recently played with PFK Oleksandria in Ukraine. The son of former Comets star Emilio John, Will played at Rockhurst and Saint Louis University (2003-2004).
    He also played for the Kansas City Brass of the Professional Development League. In 2005, John was drafted in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. In 2008, he took his talents to Europe, signing with Randers FC of the Danish SuperLiga.
    “I left for Europe in 2008 and I haven’t had a Halloween or Thanksgiving at home since then,” John said, “so coming home for me is great.”
    While home for a holiday break in 2010, John played three games with the Comets. In that short time span, his leadership and play gave the team a spark that helped push them into the playoffs.
    Through his international soccer experiences, John has become conversationally fluent in Spanish, French, Serbo-Croatian, Danish, Esperanto, Italian and is working mastering another language in his spare-time.
    “Coach Kim Roentved had already put together a team that we felt had the potential to make a deep run this season,” Comets president Brian Budzinski said. “Now, with the addition of Will, we think that we have our most complete team to date. Will is already a guy who players and fans can count on to bring everything he has to every game, and we are thrilled to have him this year.”
     
     

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