Can you tell the Missouri Comets season is fast approaching and the Kansas City Wizards season is fast slowing? It seems the news from the city's Major Indoor Soccer League squad is packing my inbox more and more every day.
Today's news comes two more signings for the franchise, both of whom have ties to Kansas City: Goalkeeper Boris Pardo and defender Nate Houser.
“Having Nate on the team really gives us some veteran leadership in the back,” said head coach, Kim Roentved. “And Boris gives us a steady compliment to Danny (Waltman) in goal.”
Pardo began his MLS career as the league-wide keeper in 2007, but spent all of 2008 on the Wizards full-time roster. He was released in March 2009, but has been a coach with the Kansas City Wizards Juniors academy. He signed a one-year contract with the team.
Houser, of Poway, Calif., attended Baker University as a freshman in 1990 and is the most decorated player in school history. He was drafted by the Wichita Wings of the MISL in 1993 and traded to the Kansas City Attack. He spent 11 seasons with the Attack/Comets and was an all-star in 1999 and 2000. He was inducted into the Baker University Hall of Fame in 2007 and became the head coach of school's women's soccer team in 2003. In 2008, he took over as coach of men's soccer team. He will maintain both duties while playing for the Comets. This brings the total number of players signed by the Comets to eight out of the twenty slots available.
The Comets training camp began on Monday at the Kansas City Soccer Dome. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday through the start of the season on November 12th. Twenty-five players are currently participating in the Comets camp. The newest version of the Comets begins play at the Independence Events Center on Friday, November 12th against the Milwaukee Wave.