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Professional indoor soccer coming to the Leon’s Centre

Metro Stars President Sergio Giancola speaks at a press conference here in Kingston on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Photo by Tim Cunningham.

The beautiful game — indoor edition — is coming to the Leon’s Centre during the weekend of December 20, 2019. During a press gathering on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, Sergio Giancola, President of the ‘home team’ Metro Stars, stated that the indoor game appeals to Canadians because of the mix between soccer and hockey.

“The six on six indoor game is very fast with lots of action, shots, goals, and with the arena boards in play, things happen very fast,” Giancola said.

The Metro Stars play in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), which is comprised of 18 teams in two divisions. Seventeen of the franchises are located in the United States. The Mississauga-based Metro Stars do not have a dedicated home arena and play two neutral site ‘home games’ per weekend in various Ontario cities, such as Kingston, Oshawa, St. Catharines, Windsor, Sarnia and Brampton. The season kicks off in late November and runs through late March.

The Kingston weekend has a great deal to offer soccer fans and players alike. On Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, the Metro Stars take on the Harrisburg Heat. Kickoff is 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 will be a full day that includes opportunities for local minor soccer players. The morning will feature local minor soccer games beginning at 9 a.m. The Metro Stars and Harrisburg Heat will hold separate training sessions at 11 a.m. and noon respectively. More local minor soccer games will run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to the day’s events is a non-perishable food donation.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 is another full day of action with local minor soccer running games from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be a Local Heroes game between the Kingston Police and the Kingston Fire Department, and that game runs until noon.

At 1:05 p.m. the Metro Stars will play their second match of the weekend against the Harrisburg Heat. Tickets for both MASL games start at $15.

The Metro Stars have partnered with Marvel and, at Monday’s press event, former Toronto FC team member and current Metro Star Mo Babouli modeled one of the action hero uniforms that the Stars will be wearing this season.

Former Toronto FC team member and current Metro Star Mo Babouli modeling one of the Marvel-inspired uniforms the Metro Stars will be wearing this season. Photo by Tim Cunningham.

Tim “The Coach” Cunningham has played every sport ever. His inside knowledge can be heard and seen on radio, television and in print across Canada. Follow him on twitter at @TheCoachTC.

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