As Kim Roentved builds his 2018-19 Kansas City Comets squad, he is looking for talent, along with familiar faces.
That’s why the veteran coach was pleased to announce the signing of three players who made an impact on the team last season, and are ready to add to their Major Arena Soccer League resume.
The Comets have signed Adam James, Mark Saxby and Odaine Sinclair (pending visa approval) for the upcoming season.
James, 22, a forward, joined the Comets on Jan. 12 last season and played in 10 of the team’s final games, scoring seven goals and adding three assists.
“All these players enjoyed success last season and that is why we want them back for this season,” Roentved said. “Adam is a young kid who had some success right away last year.
“It usually takes a couple years for young players to understand this game. If he’s still learning, then that means only good things for us.”
Joining the Kearney, Mo., native are goalkeeper Mark Saxby and defender Odaine Sinclair.
Saxby, 29, trained with the Comets for much of the season last year and was signed as an emergency goalkeeper on Feb. 9. His rookie debut was good enough for Roentved to name him the starter for the team’s remaining six games. He earned his first win a week later against the Harrisburg Heat.
“Mark is so enthusiastic, so energetic,” the coach said, “he will add solid depth to our roster.”
Sinclair, 29, began his arena soccer career in 2013 when he was selected by the St Louis Ambush out of the Major Indoor Soccer League combine. Sinclair played for the Ambush for three seasons and was named MISL Rookie of the Year in 2014. He joined the Comets in 2016 and has tallied eight goals and 10 assists in 40 games.
“Mark and Odaine provide valuable depth to our roster,” Roentved said. “We saw last year how important it is to have some good players ready to go at a moment’s notice.”