The Major Arena Soccer League announced Friday that the Kansas City Comets will be part of the Eastern Conference this upcoming season.
The 2019-20 season will be split into two conferences with the Comets part of the Eastern Conference’s South Central Division along with longtime rivals St. Louis and Milwaukee and Florida and Orlando.
Baltimore, Harrisburg, Mississauga and Utica will make up the Eastern Division.
“Let’s rock and roll, this gets me excited,” Comets coach Kim Roentved said of the realignment. “It’s not that long before the season starts and we are ready. News like this gets you thinking about soccer and I love thinking about the game I love.”
The Western Conference will feature traditional teams Tacoma, San Diego, Soles de Sonora and Turlock in the Pacific Division while a pair of newcomers, the Mesquite Outlaws and Dallas Sidekicks, will join Monterrey and Ontario in the Southwest Division.
Two teams that played last season – the El Paso Coyotes and RGV Barracudas – are planning to play in the second division of arena soccer, MASL2, this season. The Coyotes are finalizing plans to move to Austin, Texas.
The playoff format was decided in the spring meetings, with each round being a home-and-home series with a 15-minute mini-game to decide the winner if necessary.
The criteria for postseason qualification will be announced in the coming weeks.