Kansas City Comets add Francis All-Star from MASL on loan from Harrisburg Heat


Things are only getting better for the Kansas City comets.

After starting the season with three heartbreaking losses, in which they lost a three-goal lead in the fourth quarter, coach Leo Gibson’s side have won back-to-back games to return to the playoff hunt.

The team then announced on Tuesday that 2021 Major Arena Soccer League all-star midfielder Dom Francis had signed with the Comets.

He is on loan from the Harrisburg Heat, who are not playing the season due to the pandemic.

“I am looking forward to a new challenge and am grateful for the opportunity to play this season,” Francis said in a team statement. “I have a strong relationship with the Comets organization, and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

“Having played against Kansas City a few times, I know the fans, staff, players and the arena are amazing, and the professionalism of the franchise is top notch. I’m excited to help this team in the playoffs, help the young players and be a part of whatever the rest of the season brings.

Francis, from Huddersfield, England, has just enjoyed his best season as a professional soccer player in an arena. With the Heat last season, he scored 34 goals in addition to six assists for 40 points in 21 games.

His 2020 release earned him a spot on the MASL All-Star Game East team, which was coached by Gibson. He scored a goal in the December 5 game at Cable Dahmer Arena.

“The Comets organization has a lot of respect for the Harrisburg Heat and their leadership,” Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski said in a statement. “We like Carl Delmont and Kevin Healey allowing Dominic Francis to play on loan with us the rest of the season. Pat Healey is one of the best coaches in our league and we are happy to be able to offer one of his key players the opportunity to stay fit and fit while being on loan with us as we move towards a MASL 2021 championship. “

Francis played a total of four seasons with the Harrisburg Heat, scoring 63 goals in 75 games. The Heat recently announced that the team will not be participating in the current 2021 MASL season, making Francis available.

Francis will be in uniform this weekend as the Comets host the Dallas Sidekicks for a weekend streak starting at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.


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