MASL will hold first-ever All-Star game on Dec. 5 in Kansas City

by Brian Ackley

The Major Arena Soccer league will be getting its first ever all-star game in December. While it is expected that the Eastern Conference champion Florida Tropics will be represented, rosters won’t be finalized for a few more weeks.

The Tacoma Stars announced they will be teaming up with the  Kansas City Comets to field a MASL All-Star game set to take place on December 5 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. 

“A 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.  

Florida was crowned Eastern Conference champions with a mark of 18-3, and several players earned post season honors including Drew Ruggles (Defender of the Year), Victor Parreiras (Second Team All MASL), Hugo Silva (Second Team All MASL), and Ricardo Carvalho (Third Team All MASL).

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. 

Perera and Gibson will take part in a Zoom event to discuss the All-Star Game at 4 p.m. ET today. Fans and media can join by using the passcode MASL here:

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