The Royals and Sporting KC’s comeback record rubbed off on the Missouri Comets, who opened the 2015/2016 season home opener at Silverstein Eye Center Arena Friday night defeating the Cedar Rapids Rampage 9-8.
The last two seasons have been exciting for the Missouri Comets and their fans. They followed up a MISL Championship in 2013-14 with a 20-0 perfect season in 2014-15, despite a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Blast in the MASL semi-finals last year. The Comets are coming into a new season again with high expectations, especially facing the new-expansion team Cedar Rapids Rampage for their home opener.
Since returning to Kansas City in 2010, the Missouri Comets have been fundamental to the soccer scene in helping KC earn the title of “Soccer Capital of America” after winning the championship in 2014, following Sporting KC’s 2013 championship and FC Kansas City’s 2014 championship. As one of the 20 teams in the Major Arena Soccer League, they are coached by Vlatko Andonovski, who is also the head coach for FC Kansas City. The teamfeatures a mix of veterans and local talent with three UMKC alumni players: John Sosa, Bryan Perez, and Brian Harris, who have been long-time veterans on the team.
Although Sosa and Harris are currently playing in Costa Rica with the U.S. Futsal National Team this weekend for a four-nation tournament, their team back home was sure not to disappoint.
With the Comets down 5-8 in the last three minutes of the 4th quarter, the Comet’s Leo Gibson, Ramone Palmer and Lucas Rodriguez would deliver three goals back-to-back sending the Comets into overtime leaving the Cedar Rapids Rampage and fans stunned. Comet’s defender Robert Palmer would deliver his first goal of the season in dramatic fashion, winning the match in overtime.
The Comets return home on Nov. 20 against the St. Louis Ambush.