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Kansas City Comets to sign former Sporting KC homegrown defender Kevin Ellis

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Ellis has been practicing with the Comets for a couple weeks.

Thad Bell

The Kansas City Comets are expected to announce the signing of Kansas City native Kevin Ellis. Sources indicate the former Sporting Kansas City defender will join the Comets on a multi-year contract and could be available as soon as this weekend when the Comets host the rival Milwaukee Wave.

Ellis was Sporting Kansas City’s second homegrown signing, spending 7 years with 68 appearances and 5 goals for the club. When Ellis and SKC parted ways he signed with the Chicago Fire and later moved to DC United to close out the season.

Ellis joins former MLS star Landon Donovan as the most recent MLS players converting to the indoor game. Donovan signed with the San Diego Sockers and should make his first appearance soon.

The Comets have signed several former Sporting KC players over the years. Goalkeeper Boris Pardo became one of the best keepers in Major Arena League Soccer (MASL) and is currently with San Diego. Other former Sporting KC/Wizards players that have spent time with the Comets include Craig Rocastle, Jamar Beasley, Josh Gardner and Will John.

Ellis was a defender for Sporting KC but also played forward as a youth player and during part of his time at Barton County Community College. His time as an attacker helped him get into the offense during his time in MLS.

It is unclear if they will primarily use Ellis as a defender or attacker, although in indoor the positions overlap greatly.

The Comets are currently in second place in the South Central Division behind Milwaukee and will face the Wave Saturday at 7:00 PM at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.