by Pat Clifton

KANSAS CITY (Jan. 17, 2020) The Kansas City Comets host the second-place Milwaukee Wave Friday, 7:05 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. This marks the second contest between the Comets and Wave this season, the second in a row in Kansas City, and the second in a stretch where they play each other in three of four games. They will meet again Jan. 20 in Milwaukee.

The Wave won the first encounter, 8-3, Jan. 4 at Silverstein. The Comets trailed 3-2 going into the final quarter, in which Milwaukee exploded for five goals. Ian Bennett and Alex Bradley both netted hat-tricks in Milwaukee’s win, and the Comets conceded all four penalties in the game.

The last meeting was the first game of the season for Kevin Ellis. The second-year veteran with more than 90 MLS appearances struggled in his season debut against Milwaukee, but he rebounded big with five goals in Kansas City’s 14-6 win over Orlando Friday.

Making his MASL debut against Milwaukee could be rookie goalkeeper Nicolau Neto. The 6’4” Brazilian missed the first half of the season awaiting his visa, but he’s now eligible to play.

The Comets were also without Max Saxby, John Sosa, Adam James and Ray Saari in the first Milwaukee game. All have been nursing injuries, but Saxby was back in the net against Orlando and Saari, James and Sosa are expected back for Friday. The only player expected to miss the game for injury is Gui Gomes.

A win would give the Comets their first consecutive victories on the season and get them back to .500 in the win column.