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Comets edge past MetroStars in thriller

Kansas City’s relentless attack was vital

Thad Bell

The Comets relentless attack proved the difference in a thrilling 10-8 East vs South Central matchup.

After a promising start to the game with a Lucas Rodriguez goal, the Comets defense struggled to stop the MetroStars offense. Comets tagged three more goals through Leo Gibson, Rodriguez again, and James Togbah, but Mississauga scored five goals of their own leaving the halftime score at 5-4 MetroStars.

The Comets came out strong in the second half after the birthday boy, Ramone Palmer, scored, but the MetroStars regained their two goal advantage shortly after. Perez scored two quick goals for the Comets at the end of the third and the start of the fourth to tie it up at 7-7.

Mississauga restored the lead to make it 8-7 with more than eight minutes left, which was enough time for the Comets to score three more times through Adam James, Leo Gibson, and then Kiel Williams against the sixth attacker to take the 10-8 win.

Kim Rontved’s side really struggled to find a groove defensively, but they were able to do just enough to grind out the team’s third home win in the last four games.

As former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says, “Attack wins you games, but defense wins you championships.” Attack certainly won the Comets this game.

Phil Ionadi’s MetroStars will be disappointed not to head back home with a win after playing really well on back to back nights against the Milwaukee Wave and now the Kansas City Comets, even without former MLS MVP Dwayne de Rosario, who missed through injury.

The MetroStars now sit bottom of the Eastern Division of the MASL after the Harrisburg Heat got two impressive wins against Utica City and the Baltimore Blast.

After two matches against the Comets, the MetroStars allowed a whopping 22 goals.

The Comets climbed to 6-5 and remain in second place in the dogfight for the highly coveted second place playoff position in the South Central Division.

The Comets continue their home stand next Saturday, when they take on the Florida Tropics at 1:05 PM CT.