The Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, but the Kansas City Comets will have an uphill climb just to make the playoffs this year.
After 12 games played, the Comets are right at the midway mark of their 2019-2020 MASL regular season campaign with 12 games remaining. The Comets sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, but entered their off week playing extremely well.
Currently with a .500 record at 6-6, the Comets sit outside of the playoff bracket, but they still have plenty of time to fight their way into the postseason. Ten of the remaining 12 matches are against teams vying for a playoff spot, while the other two are against the struggling Orlando SeaWolves.
In Leo Gibson’s first year as player/Head Coach, he has done pretty well under the circumstances. After a shaky start, Gibson has given his team the tools to play well while also putting together another sensational season personally, which shows as he leads the MASL with 38 points, is fifth with 22 goals, and sits fourth with 16 assists.
For the remainder of the season, it is important for forwards Kiel Williams, Adam James, and Gui Gomes to have a bigger impact. Both Williams and Gomes started the season well, but have slowed down after the first few games. Williams has bounced back well in his last two games, but Gomes, who has already tied his career high with two goals and seemed ready for a breakout, will be looking to find the back of the net more often down the stretch. James has been disappointing this season with just three goals in 10 games. He will need to get things going in the final 12 games to help the Comets down the crucial final stretch.
Once considered a long shot, the Comets sit well within a chance to qualify for the Ron Newman Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year. Qualifying for the postseason will require wins against upper level teams in the Eastern Conference, including Utica City FC, the Harrisburg Heat and the Florida Tropics, plus two games remaining against their former division mate Milwaukee Wave as well as three against the St. Louis Ambush, who have had Kansas City’s number the last two years.
The Comets will also need to find a way to improve their away record, which sits at 1-5. They are a good team both defensively and offensively, but once they leave town, it is far too easy for things to go south. The Comets end the season with four games on the road against Rochester, Utica, Orlando, and Florida before the home finale against the Ambush. Kansas City will likely need at least four wins from their final five games.
The Comets will set the tone for the second half with a big showdown against the Harrisburg Heat at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Thursday, February 6th.