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Preview: Comets at Tropics

The Kansas City Comets will try to extend their winning streak tonight in Florida

With Gibson suspended, the Comets will probably look to Ramone Palmer to fill the gap
Thad Bell

The Kansas City Comets will try to keep their five game winning streak alive tonight when they face the Florida Tropics. This is the second time to Florida for the Comets and the third match between the two. Both teams have won on the road in this series.

The Comets are tied for first with Cedar Rapids in the tight Central division. Kansas City has not only won five straight, the last three have been pitched battles with last minute goals for the wins.

Comets’ captain and assistant coach Vahid Assadpour feels the current streak shows the team is on the right path. “Winning five games in a row, momentum is going our way. When you win in those kinds of ways at the last minute it shows that there is fight in the team. Absolutely the mentality of the team has changed since we have gotten those last five wins and we are on the way up just in time for the playoffs,” Assadpour stated. “We still have some things to fix and we have six games left in the regular season. It’s on the right track to hit the twentieth game and go into the playoffs going in the right direction.”

When asked if the team was prepared for Florida, head coach Goran Karadzov responded, “I hope we are ready. We don’t have Leo (Gibson), Stefan (Stoikic) is bumped up a little bit but we have to be ready, we don’t have a choice.”

Leo Gibson is suspended for this match for card accumulation and Stokic seems questionable how much he can play but the Comets were missing both Robert Palmer and Ramone Palmer for a game and won.

“Even without Ramone and Robert we survived, now without Leo we have to survive it,” Karadzov stated. “That is soccer. Missing Leo is a huge piece but we will make adjustments.”

“We played a game without Robert and Ramone and we pulled it out,” Assadpour added. “We played without Robert and we pulled it out. We’re going to miss him but everyone else has to pick up their game a little bit and we just have to find a way to win. That’s what good teams do. With our momentum going right I think we can find a way to win.”

The Tropics will be without their starting keeper Piotr Sliwa while he serves a one game suspension as well. Florida has recently added veteran Marcel Feenstra so they will not be inexperienced in the net.

The game is scheduled for 6:35 CT and can be watched on the MASL youtube channel.