by Jeff Husted

KANSAS CITY (Apr. 18, 2019) - The Kansas City Comets kick off the Major Arena Soccer League's 2019 Ron Newman Cup Playoffs when they face off against the Milwaukee Wave at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 7:35 p.m. CT. This is the eighth time in nine years that these two teams will face off in the postseason. Kansas City owns a 4-3 series advantage over their rivals in the postseason, winning four straight from 2013-2016.


The Milwaukee Wave finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 21-3. Kansas City finished second in the South Central Division at 13-11. The Comets also hold the distinction of being the only team to beat the Wave in Milwaukee, winning 7-6 in January.

The Comets head into the postseason behind their leader in goals, assists and points, Leo Gibson. The team's all-time leading scorer has 33 goals and 31 assists (64 points) on the season. Although he rested in the team's season finale, he has a ten-game point streak and has scored at least a point in all but two games he played in this season. 

Defenders John Sosa and Kevin Ellis are averaging 1.4 points per game for Kansas City. Sosa leads the Comets restart and power plays while Ellis has quickly taken to the indoor game in his first ten matches after playing in the MLS for 8 seasons.

Milwaukee is led by the pair of Ian Bennett and Max Ferdinand who have 57 and 42 points respectively. What makes the Wave so successful this season however is the firepower that is still available behind those two. After Bennett and Ferdinand, five other players have at least 20 points. Goalkeeper Josh Lemos, who did not play against the Comets in that January game, is 14-0 on the season.

The opening round of the playoffs is a home-and-home series, beginning tonight in Kansas City and then moving to Milwaukee's UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CT. If the series is tied after that game, the two teams will immediately play a 15 minute Mini-Game to decide the series winner. 

Tickets for tonight's match are still available here