by Pete Richmire

INDEPENDENCE, MO. – The Kansas City Comets have announced a series of roster changes effective immediately involving midfielder Henry Ramirez, defenders Kyle McLagan Matt Lewis, and goalkeeper Mark Saxby.

After appearing in three games this season, Ramirez will miss the remainder of the campaign after tearing his ACL during the Comets game against the Milwaukee Wave. According to Comets ' owner Brian Budzinski while it is an injury with an extended recovery time, the prognosis is good.

“Unfortunately, we lost Henry for the season, and he was really starting to come into his own. The docs at RockHill Orthopedic and our Trainers with Select Physical Therapy will have Henry ready to go for the 2022-2023 season and we will be right by his side through the whole process” said Budzinski.

The change involving McLagan was one the team knew was coming. McLagan is heading to Iceland where he competes in the top league in that country for Vikingur FC. He will also be playing in the Champions League qualifiers this summer. McLagan has appeared in five games for the Comets and is in the team’s top 10 in scoring with three goals and an assist. He leads the team in blocks with seven.

On the loss of McLagan, Budzinski said, “We appreciate what Kyle brings to both the locker room & the field. He will be missed, but we are excited for him to have the opportunity he has earned abroad.”

Lewis has returned to Detroit City FC to pursue the USL Championship. He appeared in five games this season with the Comets and has two goals and four assists to his credit, along with three blocks. He posted a career-high points-per-game average of 1.2 this season.

Budzinski recognized the progression Lewis has shown in his MASL career when he said “Matt has solidified himself as one of the best defenders in both the MASL & NISA. We are excited that he has now been provided the opportunity to showcase his talents in the USL Championship.”

After four years with the Comets and accruing a 12-7-2 record in goal, Mark Saxby has announced his retirement and will move to Boise, ID to pursue professional and personal opportunities. He started 22 games in his MASL career, all with Kansas City, and recorded 224 saves.

The Comets wish the best for Saxby and Budzinski said “Mark has been an integral part of our roster over the last 4 years. We will miss his enthusiasm in the locker room. The outdoors has come calling for Mark and that’s where his heart is.”

The Comets welcome the Chihuahua Savage to Cable Dahmer Arena as the Western Division team makes their first trip to Missouri during the 2021-22 season. Game time is 6:00 pm on February 12.

Next week brings a big home-and-home showdown with the Milwaukee Wave beginning Saturday, February 19 in Milwaukee and concluding the next day at Cable Dahmer Arena. Kick-off is set for 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 20.

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