by Scott Levinson

KANSAS CITY (August 30, 2021) – The Kansas City Comets announced today that the team has signed defender/midfielder, Lesia Thetsane to a three-year contract. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Thetsane, from Lesotho, South Africa, played collegiately for the Columbia Cougars under head coach, John Klein in Columbia, Missouri, where he was named AMC Newcomer of the Year, AMC All-Conference and NAIA First Team All-America. After his time with the Cougars, Thetsane started eight games for Kaw Valley FC of the USL2 in 2021.

Thetsane says he is looking forward to the opportunity to playing for Kansas City’s professional indoor soccer team.  “I am very excited to play for the KC Comets, and I’d like to thank Coach Leo and Coach Stefan (Stokic) for giving me this opportunity,” he said. “I still have a lot to learn, especially from the experienced players on the team. Taking good things from them will only make me a better player.”

Thetsane suited up for the Comets in the team’s 5-4 overtime exhibition game loss to the Omaha Kings FC on August 21st and scored the team’s first goal of the match.

“Lesia is a player we initially started scouting while he was at Columbia College,” said Comets Head Coach, Leo Gibson. “We’ve been following his progression to Kaw Valley FC this past summer and think he will be strong candidate for Rookie of the Year. He possesses a strong left foot and can play either in the midfield or on defense.”