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John Returns To Comets
Veteran returns from Europe to join hometown squad

Missouri Comets News Release --

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Missouri Comets announced today the return of Will John for the upcoming season. John, most recently with PFK Oleksandria of the Ukraine, will be in uniform and is expected to play when the Comets open their season Friday night at 7:35pm against the Wichita Wings at the Independence Events Center.

John, son of former Comets star Emilio John, was a local star at Rockhurst High School, then played two seasons (’03-’04) at St. Louis University. He also played for the Kansas City Brass of the PDL. In 2005, John was drafted in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. In 2008, he took his talents to Europe, signing with Randers FC of the Danish SuperLiga.

While home for a holiday break in 2010, John played three games with the Comets. In that short time span, his veteran leadership and electric play gave the team a needed spark that helped push them into the playoff round and eventually to within seconds of the MISL Finals.

Through his international soccer experiences, John has become conversationally fluent in Spanish, French, Serbo-Croatian, Danish, Esperanto, Italian and is working mastering another language in his spare-time. World travels aside, he was anxious to come back home.

“I left for Europe in 2008 and I haven’t had a Halloween or Thanksgiving at home since then…coming home for me is great.” John said.

Team President Brian Budzinski is excited to have John on the squad, “Coach Kim had already put together a team that we felt had the potential to make a deep run this season. Now, with the addition of Will, we think that we have our most complete team to date. Will is already a guy that players and fans can count on to bring everything he has to every game, and we are thrilled to have him this year.”

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