By Fred Liggett
A group just shy of 4600 people enter the Independence Events Center throughout the winter months to be entertained by the Missouri Comets indoor soccer club. The average attendance for each game is one of the best in the Major Arena Soccer League, the new league the Comets play in. Many of these soccer fans know the players from their skill and championship abilities out on the turf. For some in attendance, they know a couple of players pretty well away from the turf at the IEC. The reason for that is both John Sosa and Bryan Perez are coaches for the Summit Soccer Club. In addition to Sosa and Perez Coady, Andrews also helps area youth in Lee's Summit improve their soccer skills.
Andy Baker, a Lee's Summit parent, says, "It's amazing" to have his kids be coached by a pair of professional players. Baker feels it’s a better opportunity for them to learn at a higher level than with a non-professional as a coach.
About 200 kids, both girls and boys, from age seven through 17 play at various levels at Summit Soccer Club. For more information about the club visit www.summitsoccerclub.org. To sign up and get started you are welcome to contact Coach Sosa on the site or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Sosa has been director of coaching for two years now. He states he enjoys running a very humble club. Sosa likes to be competitive and try to develop players in a honest way. Sosa is very dedicated to the sport, grew up playing it, and now enjoys sharing it with the next generation of players.
Summit Soccer club plays in the fall, winter, and most of the spring months. All of the winter and most of the spring overlaps with the Comets season. This is no problem for the professional players, as Coach Sosa states the Comets work out in the mornings allowing him to coach and have practice time with the kids at night.
Coach Sosa's goal is to prepare as a coach and pursue that as a career following his playing days. In addition to working with Summit Soccer Club, Sosa volunteers at his alma mater UMKC. He is currently serving as a second assistant there and just trying to get as much experience as he can. Coach Sosa believes, "the main thing is to have fun and enjoy the game, you stop having fun you should stop playing."
The Summit Soccer Club was recognized at a Missouri Comets home game on Friday, January 16th. For many fans there, they were cheering loudly for the team to beat St. Louis, but for many Lee's Summit area parents and youth they know these players on a more personal level. That level is a beneficial one for everyone involved.