by Scott Levinson

KANSAS CITY (December 14, 2021) – The Kansas City Comets announced today that defender, Matt Lewis has signed a partial-season contract with the club. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

This season will be Lewis’s third with the Comets. In the two seasons prior, Lewis played in 20 total regular season games, netting 8 goals and 7 assists while playing from the defensive side. During last year’s playoffs, Lewis scored 1 goal and 1 assist in the two-game series against the St. Louis Ambush.

Lewis had a stellar collegiate career at NCAA DI Fordham, setting program records in both starts and appearances. He was a three-time Atlantic-10 all-conference selection and was named conference defensive player of the year as a senior. A product of Sporting KC's Development Academy, Lewis was signed to Sporting KC in 2018 before being loaned out to the Swope Park Rangers.

Lewis returns to the Comets after having spent the past outdoor season with Detroit City FC, formerly a member of the NISA (National Independent Soccer Association) but will join the USL Championship (the 2nd division of men’s pro soccer in the U.S.) for the 2022 season. Lewis scored Detroit City’s first ever professional goal while starting and appearing in 27 games last season for Detroit City, scoring 5 times. Lewis will be on loan to the Comets until he has to return to Detroit City in February.

“Matt had a great year professionally last season for both the Comets and Detroit City FC,” said Comets Managing Partner, Brian Budzinski. “We look forward to having his presence manning our back line.”

“I am super excited to back with the Comets this season,” said Lewis. “Coach Gibson and the Comets ownership have made the squad stronger and put some really special things in place for this season. I’m looking forward to competing and fighting for a championship.”

Lewis will be in uniform this Sunday when the 3-0 Comets take on the Baltimore Blast at 4pm at Cable Dahmer Arena.