Kim Roentved didn’t try to hide his excitement as the Kansas City Comets take on the St. Louis Ambush tonight to start a two-game weekend set at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Following last week’s dramatic 7-6 win over previously undefeated Milwaukee – on the Wave’s home turf – the 4-4 Comets enter tonight game on a three-game winning streak and more confidence than any time in the season.

“You could see the confidence growing,” the Comets coach said, “but they are all playing so well now. I honestly believe I had more confidence in them – as a team – than they had in themselves.

“It’s amazing and satisfying to beat the Wave any time, but to beat them in Milwaukee is special. Now, we get to return home for two games this weekend and I can’t wait.”

Comets forward and assistant coach Leo Gibson, who had two goals and an assist in the win at Milwaukee, agrees with his head coach.

“It’s always special to play at home,” Gibson said. “Earlier this season we talked about how our team was a work in progress, and right now we are playing our best soccer of the season.”

The Comets are in second place in the Major Arena Soccer League’s South Central Division, a half game ahead of St. Louis (4-5).

The Comets will play host to new MASL team Utica City FC from New York at 7:05 p.m. Sunday.

WINTER WEAR DRIVE: Mavericks midfielder Lucas Rodriguez is asking fans to bring new or gently used coats, hats and gloves to the arena this weekend. There will be several drop-off sites and the clothing will be donated to area charities.

BOGO FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: In support of the many federal employees affected by the current government shutdown, the Comets have announced a buy one get one free ticket offer for both of their games this weekend; at 7:35 tonight against the St. Louis Ambush and 7:05 p.m. Sunday against Utica City FC.

"We appreciate the work and effort of federal employees and offer our sympathy during the hardships placed upon them by the current government shutdown," managing partner Colin Weaver said in a press release. "We want to provide them a special opportunity to enjoy a night of family entertainment and come together as a community."

Any federal employee can claim the offer at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Box Office. Fans are asked to show some form of federal government identification at the window when placing their order.