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Comets travel to Texas for weekend doubleheader

Comets faced with several questions as they head to Dallas area.

Thad Bell

Mesquite Outlaws vs KC Comets- 12/21/2019, 7:05 PM CT- Mesquite Arena, Mesquite, TX

Dallas Sidekicks vs KC Comets- 12/22/2019, 3:05 PM CT- Allen Event Center, Allen, TX

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The 1-2 Kansas City Comets are headed to Dallas,Texas for matches against the Dallas Sidekicks and the Mesquite Outlaws for the first time since 2017.

Kansas City has yet to play the Mesquite Outlaws, but they have had great success against the Dallas Sidekicks in previous meetings. Their first meeting came in 2014, where the Comets defeated the Sidekicks in Dallas by a score of 13-4. They met the following season in Dallas again, where the Sidekicks managed to make it closer, but still losing by a score of 8-6. The Sidekicks visited the Comets in 2017, where they lost their latest meeting by a score of 8-6.

The 1-1 Mesquite Outlaws enter Saturday’s matchup managed by indoor soccer legend Tatu. The Outlaws are led on the field by Ramon Nunez, who represented Honduras at the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Cup, as well as playing professional outdoor for FC Dallas, Chivas USA, Olimpia, Cruz Azul, Puebla, and Leeds United. MASL’s newest expansion franchise took their first win of the season in their first ever game, defeating the Dallas Sidekicks by a score of 7-5. The Outlaws took their first ever defeat on December 4th, losing to the 2019 Ron Newman Cup runners-up and currently undefeated Monterrey Flash by a score of 3-2. The Outlaws will be eager to return to action for the first time in 17 days on Saturday evening.

The Dallas Sidekicks enter Sunday afternoon’s match with an 0-4 record and coming off a 10-6 loss to the Monterrey Flash on December 14th. The Sidekicks are managed by Simon Bozas, who used to play in Argentina’s third division and first division of Bolivia. The Sidekicks are also led by former Montreal Impact forward Freddy Moojen, who has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in the indoor game throughout the last decade for seven different franchises. Sidekicks defender Ricardinho Cavalcante has also returned for another season with the Dallas after announcing his retirement following last season.

The Comets enter the doubleheader coming off an 8-7 overtime loss at the St. Louis Ambush despite player-manager Leo Gibson’s hat trick. Leo Gibson (4 goals, 5 assists), Kiel Williams (3 goals, 3 assists), and John Sosa (3 goals, 1 assist) have a 19 combined points from three games this season.

The Comets face a couple of questions going into this weekend. The first one is the goalkeeper situation. The Comets confirmed that Mark Saxby will make his season debut after serving his three game suspension. Another option would have been giving goalkeeper Nicolau Neto his professional debut after the announcement of his visa approval. It is unclear if Ramone Palmer and Lucas Sousa have had their visas approved or not.

Another question going into this weekend is the Kevin Ellis situation. After signing a three year deal with the Comets in February and impressing as he finished last season, former Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis was put on the inactive roster and appeared to mutually terminate his contract. He now appears on the active roster, which would give the Comets another player that can make an impact.

Early in the season, these two games can really set the tone for the rest of the season. Two wins would be a huge boost and a sign of great progress for the Comets, a split weekend should probably be the expectation, and a two-loss weekend would be very disappointing.