Missouri Franchise Set to Join MISL for 2010-11 Season
Independence, Mo. (Monday, July 12, 2010) – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) formally announced today that a team will be returning to the Kansas City area for the 2010-11 season. The Missouri Comets, which will call the Independence Events Center its home, will join the MISL after a unanimous vote of approval was granted by the League’s Management Committee.
“The MISL is thrilled to be returning to the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and excited to have one of the best professional indoor soccer markets as part of our league once again,” MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi stated. “Owners Mickey Scheetz, Ed Scheetz and Brian Budzinski are committed to bringing the exciting, high-scoring and affordable game of professional indoor soccer to Independence, Missouri, and making all the fans and supporters of the Comets proud.”
The addition of the Comets will bring the MISL roster to a total of six clubs. The league currently has teams in Baltimore, Milwaukee, Monterrey, Philadelphia and Rockford (Illinois). Grimaldi feels that additional franchises will soon follow the lead of the Comets as well.
“In spite of the economy, the MISL is again attracting the interest of many cities, arenas and investors,” he commented. “The Comets is only the start, a great start, and we will soon be making further, exciting announcements regarding our growth, expansion and strategic relationships.”
The ownership group that will operate the Comets has been named Top of the Arc, LLC, and it is run by Mickey Sheetz along with his son, Ed, and business associate Budzinski.
”The return of professional indoor soccer (to Missouri) presents a unique opportunity to give back to the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan community,” Ed Scheetz remarked. “We are excited to partner with the City of Independence and plan to work as hard as possible to provide a fun, family-oriented, exciting sports product that gives true value to our fans’ entertainment dollar.”
The Kansas City area is no stranger to the game of indoor soccer, originally joining the MISL prior to the 1981-82 season. The original rendition of the team was operated by Tim Leiweke, who is now the President and CEO of AEG, the company which owns the Los Angeles Galaxy. After the inaugural year of the Comets, professional indoor soccer remained in Kansas City until the completion of the 2004-05 MISL season.
For more information on the Comets, log onto its official website at www.missouricomets.com.