FRANK TAYOU SELECTED FOR ALL STAR GAME
Nov. 02, 2020
by Scott Levinson
FIRST MASL ALL STAR GAME SET FOR DEC. 5 IN KC
Kansas City, MO – The Tacoma Stars and Kansas City Comets announced today that they will be teaming up to field a MASL All-Star game set to take place on Saturday, December 5th at Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence, MO at 7:00 pm CT. It will be East vs West in a match bringing top players from around the league. A limited number of socially-distanced tickets are now available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Kansas City Comets office at (888) 9-COMETS.
The collaboration between the Stars and Comets to produce this talent showcase will be great for players and fans alike. “An MASL All-Star game is long overdue for both our fantastic, league wide fans and our incredibly talented players,” said Lane Smith, owner of the Stars and Comets. “I am excited and proud to use Tacoma Stars and Kansas City Comets resources to produce this first ever MASL All-Star game. 2020 has been a rough year on all sports, and our staff, players and fans deserve a great event.”
Rosters will be announced soon with the teams being led by a duo who finished one-two in scoring during the 2018-19 season. Tacoma Stars player-head coach Nick Perera will lead the squad from the West, while Kansas City Comets’ own Leo Gibson will energize the team representing the East.
Perera spoke of the level of talent which will be on display during this match when he said "It's an honor to be involved in bringing an All Star event to the sport of arena soccer. Playing alongside the best players in the country in an East vs West setting will provide a unique experience for everyone involved, and fans everywhere."
Gibson acknowledged the benefit of the game taking place on his home pitch by saying “There is no better time and place for the MASL All-Star game to be held. Being a part of the All-Star game is a dream come true.”
While the game will take place in the home of the Comets, it’s an event for the entire league and that was noted by Kansas City’s Brian Budzinski. “What an exciting time, not only for the MASL but for all of Kansas City. This is an exceptional opportunity for our top players to be honored and recognized for all their unbelievable accomplishments to this game,” he said.
There has not been a professional indoor All-Star game since 2001-02 and this will be an event fans certainly will not want to miss as the League looks to return to action since the 2019-20 season was suspended in March. For those unable to attend in person, broadcast details are currently being worked out and will be announced when finalized. The Comets broadcast announcing team of Nick Vasos and Erik Bergrud will handle the play by play duties.
Fans will have the opportunity to win the game-worn jerseys of their favorite players during an in-game auction through Live Source. Details for the auction will be coming but fans can preview the app at www.livesourceapp.com.