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Comets sign three players with KC ties

With just under two weeks until the Missouri Comets kick off their "inaugural" season in the Major Indoor Soccer League, the Comets announced three more signings. All of them with Kansas City ties.

They new signings: Former UMKC forward Levi Coleman, former Johnson County Community College midfielder Lucas Rodriguez and former Comets and UMKC midfielder Tony Avery.

"Both Levi and Lucas are coming off their first professional outdoor season, and are very polished players at such a young age," said Comets head coach Kim Roentved. "Both are extremely young, yet exciting players, and with Tony, we have someone who has played professional indoor soccer before with the Comets and with Colorado. He’ll definitely be someone the younger guys look to for leadership on the field."

Coleman, who played for the USL Division II champion Charleston Battery last year, was the Tulsa World metro player of the year in high school and was second-team All Summit League selection. He was pivotal during UMKC's Summit League title and NCAA tournament appearance. Coleman has played for the Kansas City Kings of the PASL and the Kansas City Brass of the PDL.

Rodriguez was a standout at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. During his collegiate career at JCCC, he earned JNCAA and NSCA All-America honors during his sophomore season. He spent his first year as a professional this season with the Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division II. Rodriguez also played for the Kings and Brass.

Avery, who can play forward and midfield, is a native of Derby, KS. He played for UMKC and professionally with the Comets in 2003.

The Comets begin play at the Independence Events Center on Friday, Nov. 12 against the Milwaukee Wave.

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