The Kansas City Comets have added a pair of players with local roots to help with the season’s stretch run.
Odaine Sinclair, a Comets veteran, and Nick McDonald signed contracts for the remainder of the season, the Major Arena Soccer League team announced Friday.
Both players will be available Sunday when the Comets play host to the cross-state rival St. Louis Ambush at 3:05 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Comets (7-7) were in need after Ray Lee, Ray Saari and Matt Lewis recently departed the Comets for outdoor team contracts.
Sinclair, a former player at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, played for the Comets from 2016 through 2018 before taking last season off. The defender played the first nine games of this season with the Orlando SeaWolves, including a 14-6 loss to the Comets on Jan. 10. He had tallied three goals, five assists and seven blocked shots for Orlando in that span. He had 11 goals, 15 assists and 13 blocked shots in 40 games for the Comets in two seasons.
Sinclair started his MASL career with the St. Louis Ambush (8-8), which he will face Sunday.
McDonald, who has been training with the Comets since the beginning of the season, is a graduate of Blue Valley High School and played collegiately at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
“Odaine is a player that we are very familiar with. He is a veteran defender in this league and I’m excited to see his game take that next step under Coach Leo (Gibson),” Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski said.
“Nick has put in the work to earn this opportunity. He has been with us since day one of training camp and has a ton of potential.”
Sinclair has close friends on the team and recently started a family in Kansas City.
“I guess this has always been home, even though I started my career in St. Louis,” Sinclair said. “Most of my friends that I’ve known since I was 12, they play here, so this is home for me.
“I live like five minutes away from the arena. Just having a baby in December, it just makes more sense. I didn’t want to be away from my son, so that was the main decision to come back here.”
McDonald has been training with the Comets since preseason camp and made his in-game debut in Sunday’s exhibition against the Wichita Wings of MASL2. He helped Rockhurst to three NCAA appearances and a final four as a player and more as a coach. His previous professional experience came with the Tulsa Revolution of the MASL.
After losing Lee, Saari and Lewis, the two should see playing time right away as the Comets try to make a push for the Eastern Division playoffs.
“I think we have a pretty good chance, but every game here is like a final from here on out,” Sinclair said. “It’s important that we don’t forget, especially with the teams below us. Sunday is a must-win game
“Nothing else is acceptable. At all costs we’ve got to win Sunday, because if not, it’s going to put us in a bad position going forward. We’ve just got to take it one game at a time, and hopefully we’ll get there.”