Kansas City Comets at Orlando SeaWolves
When: Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 7:05 PM CT
Where: Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, Missouri
How to Watch/Stream: Masl.tv/YouTube
The Kansas City Comets are back home for a matchup against the Orlando SeaWolves on Thursday evening.
Along with the season ending injury to Robert Kelly, the Comets have picked up another injury as Stefan Stokic will be absent after picking up a concussion and nasal fracture in Sunday’s loss in St. Louis.
This tie will be an interesting one for Odaine Sinclair, who played for the SeaWolves before signing with the Comets earlier this season. With Orlando, Sinclair scored three goals and recorded five assists in nine games. Another interesting matchup will be the return of rookie midfielder Rodolfo Lopes to Kansas City on Park Night, as he played alongside several Comets players at Park University.
These two sides met in January at SEC Arena, where the Comets pulled away with a 14-6 win in the second half, which included five goals from Kevin Ellis and six points from Leo Gibson.
The SeaWolves have had major struggles this season highlighted by the abandonment of coach and GM, Chris Kokalis. Since then, the MASL has been running the team alongside other owners around the league while former head coach Tom Traxler has stepped in as head coach. This madness also included the departures of many players, including Sinclair last month.
On the field, Orlando has a record of 1-16 record, just one win over the Baltimore Blast better than the 0-20 Rochester Lancers. A recent addition from the St. Louis Ambush, Corey Adamson has done well to record seven points from six goals and an assist in nine games for Orlando. Luiz Mota and Jeff Michaud have been the most productive players for the SeaWolves, combining for 23 goals and 11 assists.
Leo Gibson will look to add to his 54 points as the player-coach ranks second behind Ontario Fury’s Franck Tayou, but Gibson does lead the MASL with 26 assists.
The 8-10 Comets will look to end a three game losing streak after suffering losses to the Milwaukee Wave, Ontario Fury, and last Sunday’s loss to the Ambush. The SeaWolves will look to bring an end to their 11 game losing streak and come from a 14-7 loss to the Turlock Cal Express.
This is the perfect team to face for a struggling Comets team mathematically nearing the end of their playoff chances. Currently sitting with a -98 goal differential, the Comets are likely to be the team to put the SeaWolves into triple digit negative goal differential, joining the Rochester Lancers.
Following Thursday’s matchup, the Comets will head to New York for a pair against the Rochester Lancers on Saturday and Utica City FC on Sunday.