The Missouri Comets have re-signed goalkeeper Boris Pardo through the 2012-2013 seasons, pending league approval.

The Missouri Comets have re-signed goalkeeper Boris Pardo through the 2012-2013 seasons, pending league approval.

The New Jersey native is an important piece of the puzzle coach Kim Roentved is putting together as he attempts to build a championship Major Indoor Soccer League squad in Independence.

“We are doing something special here,” Roentved said. “Boris is a big part of that. His leadership in the locker room is part of what makes this team so unique and what will help us hopefully bring home the big trophy at the end of the year.”

Pardo played college soccer at Seton Hall University from 2002 to 2005, where he set the school record for most shutouts (16) and was named 2006 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.

He began his professional playing career in Chile, spending time with Universidad de Chile and Palestino, both clubs in Santiago that play in the Chilean Primera Division.
Pardo was signed to a full-time contract by the Kansas City Wizards in 2008, and played in the Major League Soccer Reserve Division.

Last season, Pardo was the backup to Danny Waltman. He started two games and was a pivotal part of the 21-20 comeback victory against the Omaha Vipers, turning in 16 saves.

New medical partnership: The Comets also announced a new joint venture with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. KCUMB will now be the medical provider to the Comets for everything from general practitioners to orthopedics.

“Our guys play hard and no matter how hard we try to prevent it, there are going to be some bumps and bruises along the way,” Comets president Brian Budzinksi said. “I’m delighted to know that when that happens, the staff at KCUMB will be there to get them back to playing shape as quickly as possible.”

“The Comets will also be assisting KCUMB in their efforts to reach out to Kansas City area youth through our Comets Youth Soccer Camp programs.  This is a great opportunity for both companies to work together, keeping Comets players healthy and providing KCUMB residents a chance to work with professional athletes.”  

Schedule change and Schiraldi bobblehead: The MISL announced a revised schedule today for the 2011-2012 season. The Comets home game originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, has been rescheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The Comets will be passing out a Gino Schiraldi bobblehead to the first 3,000 people in attendance at that game.

Schiraldi was a member of the first Kansas City Comets team. He will be honored this season when the team retires his No. 2 jersey.

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