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Comets welcome familiar faces in two matches this weekend

Comets have a three-game winning streak going into this weekend.

Thad Bell

The red-hot Kansas City Comets are set to host the St. Louis Ambush and Utica City FC this weekend.

After struggles early in the season, Comets are carrying a three-game winning streak into this weekend and are in second place in the South Central Division. The St. Louis Ambush will be at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Friday, January 17 with a kickoff time set for 7:35 PM CT.

The Ambush enter the game after making a trade earlier this week, sending Antonio Manfut to the Florida Tropics in exchange for forward Jowaine Laidley.

The Ambush are coming off a loss at the Milwaukee Wave last Saturday, the same team the Comets beat just a day before. Under 39-year-old player-manager Hewerton Moreira, the Ambush are 4-5 this season and sit third in the South Central Division.

The Ambush are led by Zach Reget, who has tallied up 9 goals this season, and former Comets forward Stefan St. Louis, who played his first game of the season last weekend’s loss to the Wave.

The Comets are led by veteran forward Leo Gibson, who had yet another tremendous with 12 goals and 13 assists.

All matches are big games in the MASL, but this one is crucial because a win would give the Comets a little bit of comfort for playoff position.

The second home game of the weekend will be against Utica City FC, in the club’s inaugural visit to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Sunday, January 20, with kickoff at 7:05 PM CT.

Utica’s first season has been quite impressive as they lead the Eastern Division with a 7-2 record and they will be coming off a game the previous night in St. Louis.

Utica is led by Slavisa Ubiparipovic with 11 goals and seven assists, Joey Tavernese with eight goals and seven assists, and the return of former Comets forward Andre Braithwaite.

Trade Alert: Braithwaite was traded to the Florida Tropics as this was being posted

Under head coach Ryan Hall, Utica has already proven themselves against strong opponents this season as they have beaten the Baltimore Blast twice.

Kim Rontved’s men can take a commanding lead over St. Louis in the South Central Division if they can manage to take wins away from this weekend and the Ambush manage to drop both matches as well.