by Joshua Hoeven

KANSAS CITY (January 4, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets will host the Florida Tropics this Sunday, January 6 for their first match of 2019. 


The teams last met up in Kansas City’s final game of their 2017-2018 season, where the Comets earned a 10-6 win at home in Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

This season, the Tropics sit at second place in the South Central Division with a 3-3 record. Their last game on December 29 resulted in a 9-6 home win over the Orlando SeaWolves. 

The Comets, whose 2-4 record ranks fourth in the South Central Division, are carrying similar momentum from their 10-4 victory over St. Louis that came on the same day. 

Aside from earning wins last week, both teams also boast players named to the MASL Week Five team of the week. Guilherme Dos Santos and Victor Parreiras of the Tropics earned team of the week honors for 6 combined points in the Sunshine State Derby. 

Kansas City’s Leo Gibson earned 6 points of his own against the Ambush with a hat trick and 3 assists, and Anthony Grant was given an honorable mention for 2 goals and 1 assist.

Florida is sure to be a tough opponent, with offensive weapons like Dos Santos, who is fifth in the league with 8 goals, and sixth in total points with 12 on the season. 

On the defensive front, goalkeeper Hugo Silva sports a .704 save percentage. The Tropics also lead the league in special teams. 

The Tropics thrive in power play scenarios, sporting a 100 percent penalty-kill percentage, 2 short-handed goals and a 3 for 4 conversion rate on power play goals.

However, the Comets are not far behind in terms of statistics. Despite Kansas City’s record, Leo Gibson has had a phenomenal season, leading the league in both assists (11) and total points scored (20).

The Comets are just behind the Tropics on special teams with a .667 power play percentage, and averaging 1 power play goal per game. 

Kansas City will have home-field advantage, and will be catching Florida on the tail end of a two-game midwest tour. The Tropics play in St. Louis one day before their match at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Come Sunday, the Comets will fight for their first home win, while Florida looks for its first win on the road for the season. 

It is a new year, and Kansas City’s first match of 2019 kicks off on Sunday, January 6 at 4:05 p.m. CT. 

Florida Tropics @ Kansas City Comets

Sunday, January 6, 2019.
4:05 p.m. C.T.

Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
19100 E Valley View Pkwy
Independence, MO 64055

Single game tickets start at only $15+tax!