Friday, January 21, 2011

Missouri Comets add two players

The Comets officially announced that they added two players this week with the signings of Coady Andrews and Casey Barton. While the Comets defense has been slowly getting better (only gave up 6 pts last game), adding more strength and depth at back may allow Leo Gibson to go back forward again.

From the press release:

“Both of these guys are big, strong players who we think will really help us even more in the back,” said head coach, Kim Roentved. “The team has made incredible strides defensively over the past month, and by adding Coady and Casey, this should make us that much better.”

Coady Andrews
2010 UMKC: Andrews started in all 18 games for the Kangaroos and logged the 3rd most minutes of anyone on the team, scoring four points on the season. Andrews anchored a UMKC defense that had eight shutouts in 2010. 2009 UMKC: Andrews appeared in 16 matches with 15 starts, where he amassed 1,428 minutes and helped the Kangaroos to three shutouts when he was on the field, and scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win over Oakland (11/13) in the semifinals of The Summit League Championship. Mid-America Nazarene: Second Team all-conference selection in 2008 and helped Mid America to the 2008 Heartland Conference championship and finished as the 16th ranked team in the nation, socring three goals on the year. High School: Two-time all-state selection at Mill Valley High School, 2nd team all-state honors as a junior and a first team all-state selection as a senior. Andrews helped MVHS to four league championships, three-time all-conference selection and four-year varsity letterman. Personal: Born on Jan. 31, 1989, Andrews resides in Shawnee, KS, and was a member of the KC Legends World Cup team. Andrews has also played for the Kansas City Brass of the PDL and Kansas City Kings of the PASL.

Casey Barton
A native of Wichita, KS, Casey started his professional career in 2002-2003, splitting the season between the Cleveland Force and the Kansas City Comets. He played for the Comets through the 2004-2005 season before taking a year off from professional soccer. He rejoined the MISL in the 2006-2007 campaign with the Philadelphia KiXX, where he was a key member of the 2007 Championship team, blocking 27 shots in 23 games, good for third on the team. The Tabor College (KS) graduate received numerous athletic honors including the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the Tabor College Male Athlete of the Year and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. Barton also earned All-League and All-State honors while at Maize (KS) High School.

To make room on the roster, the Comets have also announced that defender, Shaun (Sharyar) Dastan, has been released.

Comets Notes:

Comets Retro Night & Reunion Game: Some former, familiar Comets greats will be lacing their soccer shoes back up at halftime of the Friday, January 28th game against the Milwaukee Wave at the IEC. Alan Mayer, Gino Schiraldi, Doug Neely, Ted, Eck, Gordon Hill and many other former Comets and Attack players will be on hand. The 2011 Comets players will be playing in replica jerseys of the iconic rainbow-striped uniforms worn during the team’s inaugural 1981-1982 season. The Comets are encouraging all long-time Comets fans to break out their old Comets gear and wear it to the game.

The Comets next game is this Saturday, January 22nd at 7:35p at the Independence Events Center against the Baltimore Blast. This is the team’s first and only Saturday night home game of the season. The Comets will then travel to Omaha the following day on Sunday to take on the Vipers at 3:05p.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SpecialKCsnowmageddon (the great snow ball fight)

It started with a (probably not too serious)tweet and ended with Sporting Kansas City players and fans playing in the snow. A snowball fight, snow soccer and even some sledding...

Enjoy the slide show. For the full gallery

Thanks to the Cauldron (especially Sean Dane and Jeff Szajnuk) for getting this organized, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre (for letting us use their park), Sporting Kansas City (who gave out some swag to survivors) and Chipotle and Kei Kamara for lunch. Chipotle offered to provide some free lunches but Kei decided to take everybody and buy the rest lunch as well.

Kei enjoyed his first real snow day...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Missouri Comets 4 - 6 Omaha Vipers (photos and interviews)

Comets keeper Danny Waltman doing his pre-game flip off the wall...

The Comets fell to the Omaha Vipers despite their best defensive effort of the season. The Comets limited Omaha to just 3 goals (6 points) and had the better run of play for more of the game, they just could not find the back of the net.

Omaha jumped out to the a 4-0 lead on a couple defensive breakdowns in the first quarter. The Comets settled down after that. In the second quarter Vahid Assadpour pulled the team within 2 when he scored his 5th goal of the season off a header. Byron Alvarez was credited with the assist.

The first goal scored by Omaha...

The Vipers increased their total to 6 when both Comets defenders went to the ball and left the middle open for Ryan Junge to shoot point-blank on Danny Waltman.

Vipers players tripping Comets forward Byron Alvarez...

Waltman with the ball after it was cleared off the line...

Assadpour came in as the sixth attacker and with that added offense the Leo Gibson was able to score off a pass from Lucas Rodriguez. There was not enough time or energy left for the Comets to notch the equalizer.

Leo Gibson finishing his celebration flip after scoring while sixth attacker Vahid watches

With Tiguinho and Geison Moura still injured, Leo Gibson playing in the back and Will John returning to his team in Europe the Comets offense was a little anemic. They managed a respectable 24 shots but many went wide, high or straight at the keeper. Adding to the Comets offensive woes was the flu that Jamar Beasley was suffering from, obviously wearing him down through the game.

Shot beats Viper keeper Bontti but does not go in...


Coach Roentved talking about a missed opportunity...

Lucas Rodriguez discusses the game. We had to do the interview in tunnel so the filed could be readied for next game so the lighting is not so great...