The Missouri Comets announced on Thursday a three-year partnership agreement with Citizens Bank and Trust and will have their name prominently displayed across the front of the Comets jersey. Just another case of the indoor game moving at a faster pace: It took the Comets four months to get a kit sponsor, it's going on 16 years and Sporting Kansas City (formerly, the Wizards) haven't jumped into the walking billboard business... yet.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed. As official sponsor, Citizens' logo will appear on the team's home and away jerseys and on the field during Major Indoor Soccer League games at the Independence Events Center.
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“We are absolutely thrilled to have such an outstanding financial institution like Citizens Bank and Trust as our main sponsor,” said Comets' President Brian Budzinski. “We believe that this is going to be a tremendous partnership for many years to come, and we look forward to having the Citizens Bank and Trust insignia worn proudly by our players on their jerseys. To now be affiliated with one of the strongest and longest-tenured banking institutions in this region only makes the Comets brand that much better.”
All of this precedes a big night for the Comets. Tomorrow is Retro Night for the Comets and, during halftime of their game against the Milwaukee Wave, former Comets/KC Attack players Alan Mayer, Gino Schiraldi, Kia, Goran Hunjak, Emilio John, Doug Neely, Ted Eck, Gordon Hill, Ben Poppola and others will scrimmage for the fans. Also, the current players will wear replica jerseys of the rainbow-striped kits worn during the team's inaugural season in 1981-82. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds benefiting the Dalton Burner Foundation. The first 1,000 kids in attendance will receive a Gino Schiraldi playing card.
If you've got a vintage Schiraldi jersey in your closet, you are encouraged to break that sucker out of mothballs and wear it to the game.
The Comets are 4-8 on the season. Kickoff is at 7:35 p.m.