Comets release defender John Sosa

by Nathan Dunn

The Kansas City Comets have announced the release of veteran defender John Sosa.

The Medellín, Colombia native will go down as a Comets legend. He has spent 12 of his 13 seasons of professional indoor soccer in Kansas City.

“John Sosa is one of the greatest players to ever play for the Comets Organization,” said Brian Budzinski, Comets Managing Partner. “We look forward to recognizing his great Comets career when he is done playing. We wish John and his family all the best.”

Sosa originally signed with the Comets under head coach Kim Roentved in 2011-12 out of UMKC. He later represented the U.S. National Futsal Team, helping them to the Four Nations Cup championship in 2013.

He gradually became a standout performer indoors. He had his first of six double-double seasons in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 20 assists as he helped the Comets to the MISL championship under Vlatko Andonovski.

Sosa later became a two-time All-MASL First Team player, earning the prestigious spots in 2014-15 and 2016-17. He also earned a spot in the All-MASL Second Team in 2021 and All-MASL Third Team in 2015-16.

The Comets' all-time blocks leader ended his Comets career with 261 blocks. Sosa also concludes his Comets career with 275 total appearances and 360 points from 119 goals and 241 assists. Only Leo Gibson has appeared in more games, tallied more points and recorded more assists in franchise history.

Sosa honed his craft to become the best restart specialist in the game. In addition to his 2014 MISL championship, Sosa helped the Comets to four division titles.

The Comets have also announced the release of Adrian Gutierrez. The Spanish midfielder made nine appearances across the past three seasons and scored once.