by Scott Levinson

INDEPENDENCE, MO. – He was already the Comets’ all-time leader in every career offensive category. He had already surpassed 400 regular-season MASL points. The one record he did not have, one held by “Wild” Wes Wade, was the all-time leading goal scorer in Kansas City professional indoor soccer.

Wade’s career spanned 11 years in a Kansas City Attack and Comets jersey from 1993-2004 and encompassed an incredible 280 goals.

Leo Legend first put on a KC jersey six years after Wade retired and has been spectacular ever since. Legendary for sure. He entered the March 11 game at Cable Dahmer Arena against the Milwaukee Wave with a playoff berth going to the Comets with a win, and 279 goals to his credit for his indoor career in Kansas City.

Trailing by one early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Gibson converted on an assist from James Togbah to not only tie the game at 6-6 but bring him even with Wade as the all-time best at scoring goals.

On a night in which the Comets organization celebrated its Kansas City Attack past, it was fitting that Gibson, in an Attack jersey, scored career goal number 281. With Milwaukee’s 6th attacker on and an empty net, Gibson corralled a loose ball just outside the KC defensive yellow line and fired the ball into the goal, further cementing his place in Kansas City soccer history.

It was also fitting that his goal provided the insurance to beat Milwaukee 8-6 and clinch a playoff spot for his Comets.

“Leo represents everything that is right about our game,” said Comets Managing Partner, Brian Budzinski. “He is the perfect role model for our young people. Having his name atop Kansas City’s tradition-rich scoring leaders is truly fitting. As one of Leo Gibson’s biggest fans, I want to thank him and congratulate him on the greatest career in KC indoor soccer history. It has been an honor for me personally to be able to witness his greatness over the past 12 seasons.”