The Kansas City Comets announced two signings Thursday. Nine-year veteran Lucas Rodriguez and first-time-pro Hector “Moy” Solorio Villalpando both signed two-year deals prior to the Major Arena Soccer League 2019-20 season.
Rodriguez has played all of his indoor seasons with the Comets, missing only one season since Kansas City returned in 2010 when he was playing outdoor in the NASL.
“I would love to be able to finish my indoor career at only one club. I think there’s a lot of value in that. I’m a loyal person,” said Rodriguez via press release. “I’m just excited to continue to play and represent the city at the highest level and do everything we can to put Kansas City’s name out there where it belongs.”
Rodriguez routinely scores in double digits for goals, knocking in 13 for the last two seasons and is a key creator for the Comets. The veteran is often the focus of restarts and can play the sixth attacker role as well.
“As one of the top 30 players in this league we look for Lucas to continue to be a playmaker, control the midfield and finish his opportunities,” said Brian Budzinski, Comets managing partner via press release. “Lucas is one of those players that makes others around him better with his vision and technique in tight spaces.”
This will be Solorio Villalpando’s first season as a pro after playing NCAA DI at Niagara University, with Kaw Valley FC in USL League Two and in the Sporting Kansas City Academy.
While this is his first professional experience, Solorio Villalpando is no stranger to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. He was a regular at games while he was growing up and cheering the team on from the supporter section.
“Going out and competing, I have high expectations for myself. This is a great opportunity to keep playing soccer, to keep playing the sport I love. I’m ready to go and compete. I know I can play. I’m just excited to just go out and do the best I can every day, every training session, every game,” Solorio Villalpando said in the press release.
Comets are staying home
There had been some worry amongst fans up until recently when the Ownership and management was restructured that the Midwest’s most successful indoor team may not return. Those fears were laid to rest with that announcement and since then Brian Budzinski and his staff have been busy making sure they were ready for the next few seasons
The Comets have reached three-year agreements to continue playing home games at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and to train at the KC Soccer Dome. Additionally, they have a one-year lease for an office in Hy-Vee Arena.
The Comets are conducting open tryouts this weekend at the Kansas City Soccer Dome. On Saturday (2-4 PM) and Sunday (12-2 PM) talent will be evaluated by veteran players and coaches for the potential to play for the Comets. More info can be found here.
The Comets have not yet named a new head coach after it was announced that indoor soccer legend Kim Roentved would not be returning to lead the team. It has been indicated that an announcement naming the new head coach was not be too far off.