The Kansas City Comets roster for the upcoming season with have a Brazilian flair thanks to two local products who just signed with the Major Arena Soccer League team.
Nicolau Neto, a goalkeeper, has signed for two years. Lucas Sousa, a midfielder, has signed for five.
Neto comes to the Comets by way of Columbia College, where he enjoyed a heralded career. He was named conference player of the year, newcomer of the year and first-team all-conference goalkeeper, in addition to being named an All-American and making the all-national championship tournament team.
“Nicolau comes to us from coach John Klein’s Columbia College program,” Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski said in a press release. “Coach Klein is one of the most respected coaches in the country. You know any player that plays for John is going to be an intelligent player, a good locker room guy and obviously a high-level player. For a 6-foot-4 goalkeeper, he has tremendous feet to match his big arm and top-end athleticism.”
Neto is excited about the challenge.
“Coming from outdoor to indoor is definitely a challenge. I’m looking forward to learning with the older guys and hopefully I will succeed,” Neto said. “My ability to use my feet is an advantage to me. I’ve always worked really well with my feet, and I think that’s going to be a huge asset that I can help out the Comets with throughout the season.”
Sousa was a two-time all-conference performer and an honorable mention All-American at Park University in Parkville. He joins several other former Pirates on the Comets roster.
“Lucas is another strong player from Coach Efrem Shimlis and Park University,” Budzinski added. “He has tremendous quickness, very good technical vision on the field. He’s another left-footed attacking player that will pose a threat to opposing defenders,.”
Sousa said he is a longtime Comets fan and can’t wait to join the team.
“I have been following the Comets since I got here,” Sousa said. “I have friends playing with the Comets, and wearing this shirt is going to be amazing with my friends I played with in college. And I just want to give back to my city.”