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KC Comets vs Dallas Sidekicks: Preview and Predictions

The Comets are looking to close in on the third seed.

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MASL Regular Season- Matchday 12

Kansas City Comets vs Dallas Sidekicks

Sunday, March 14, 5:05 p.m. CST

Where: Cable Dahmer Arena, Independence, Missouri

Tickets: Ticketmaster

How to Watch: Single Game Pass

The Kansas City Comets will finish their regular season at home against the seventh-place Dallas Sidekicks on Sunday.

The Comets enter Sunday’s matchup in third place with a 6-5 record and a .545 winning percentage. They are coming off of a loss against the Tacoma Stars and a win against the Ontario Fury last weekend.

Kansas City will be without the services of Alvaro Beltran (right ankle sprain) and Mirko Sandivari (left knee). Kevin Ellis is doubtful with a right ankle sprain while goalkeeper Nicolau Neto is questionable with a right wrist sprain and a left knee contusion. Dominic Francis is probable with a wrist fracture.

Leo Gibson leads the Comets with 17 points from six goals and 11 assists while Rian Marques and Adam James remain as KC’s top goalscorers with 11 goals each despite being held scoreless last weekend. Matt Lewis leads the Comets with 16 blocks.

The Comets have won all three meetings with Dallas this season, outscoring the Sidekicks 31-15. As they look to win their fourth game over Dallas this season Kansas City will want to come out strong, something they failed to do last weekend.

Dallas Sidekicks

After their loss to the St. Louis Ambush on Friday, the Sidekicks will finish last in the MASL unless they win both of their final games. They currently sit with a 1-8 record and a .111 winning percentage.

Dallas has lost four straight after picking up their only win of the season over the Tacoma Stars in early February. Dallas has the worst powerplay defense in the league, killing 50% of their powerplays in 9 games.

Under head coach Simon Bozas, the Sidekicks have had a tough season. One of their bright spots has been forward Felipe De Sousa, who leads the team with 14 goals in his second season with Dallas. De Sousa has scored in every game he’s played in this season, which includes two hat tricks against the Comets.

The last time Dallas visited KC, former Comet and current backup keeper Sanaldo Carvalho played both games. Juan Gamboa has since returned to action and can be expected to play on Sunday.

Jersey Auction

Sunday’s matchup will include a jersey auction on Live Source with proceeds benefiting Team Fidelis. The auction is scheduled to end at 10:00 PM on Sunday night. Unlike the last jersey auction, all three goalkeepers are open for bidding as well as Comets VP Scott Levinson and commentators Nick Vasos and Erik Bergrud.

Final Prediction

Kansas City will enter Sunday’s contest as the favorite, but with a couple of banged-up starters, things might be tricky. Still, the Comets should have the depth to plug in some other players, as they have done throughout the season, and get by the Sidekicks.

For my final prediction, I am going to predict an 8-5 win for the Comets. A win for the Comets would edge them closer to securing a three seed in the playoffs. A loss would drop them to the fourth seed, but if San Diego wins their final games KC could slip into the fifth seed.