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Comets meeting in Baltimore to discuss new indoor soccer league

05/16/2014 5:19 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

A month after announcing their intentions to leave the Major Indoor Soccer League for a new, yet-to-be named project, the Missouri Comets’ plans for the 2014-15 season will take shape this weekend when the board of governors for the new league meets in Baltimore.

The Comets have committed to a new 24-team league that includes MISL teams and franchises from the Professional Arena Soccer League. The Comets, who won the MISL championship this year, will kick off the inaugural season with a road game in late October as part of its 20-game schedule. They will again play 10 home games at the Independence Events Center, team president and part-owner Brian Budzinski said.

Budzinski will represent the Missouri Comets during the board of governors meetings in Baltimore, which will finalize the rules of the new league. Items up for debate include division alignments, playoff formats and scoring rules.

Each team will have one vote for each subject.

“I think it will be similar to the MISL in the aspect of quality of play, the production of the games and some familiarity with teams that have been in the MISL since back in the day,” Budzinski said. “But you’re also going to see some changes that involve the name of the league and things like that.”

The league expects to announce all of its final decisions Monday.

The Comets’ ownership group — which also owns FC Kansas City, the women’s professional outdoor soccer team — partnered with the owners from the San Diego Sockers and Baltimore Blast to form the new league. Each group owns one-fourth of the league. The former PASL ownership owns the other fourth.

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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