Kings Bring Home Dramatic Road Win Against New Mexico
Omaha, Nebraska [January 12, 2021]
The Omaha Kings and New Mexico Runners had their highly anticipated rematch this last weekend, taking place on January 8th, 2022. The Runners were looking for a chance to redeem themselves after their recent opening weekend sweep by the Kings, but they ultimately fell short in the last few minutes, with the Kings taking the win at a final score of 7-8.
Written by Natalie Viel
Owner & Chief Marketing Officer
The Kings had a long, grueling weekend of travel, leaving Omaha at 5am and arriving in Albuquerque at 10am, to play the Runners later that night. First quarter showed the Runners taking the lead, with a goal by Sergio Fuentes, providing the motivation needed for the Kings to overcome their travel fatigue. They managed to tie the game with a penalty kick from Christian Sanchez, bringing the score to an even 1-1. The momentum didn’t stop there though. An incredible throw by Efren Flores, that passed all three lines and the Runners defender, left fans speechless as Pedro Augusto managed to time the bounce perfectly, hitting a one-time volley into the back of the net and ending the first quarter at a score of 1-2, Kings.
The Kings entered second quarter down a man, due to a blue card called on Sebastian Contreras. Their defense proved strong, leaving the Runners with a scoreless power play. Colton Oord of the Runners took the next blue card, providing the Kings with a scoring opportunity that did not disappoint. In true indoor style fashion, Omaha moved the ball around the perimeter, with Contreras laying it off to Murilo Ceruli, who passed it over to goal scorer, Tomaz Rossi. Rossi followed that up with yet another goal, with the assist from Ceruli, bringing the score to 1-4, Kings. The Runners new-found motivation led them to rally the last half of the quarter, with 3 goals by Sergio Fuentes, Skylor Rose and Jacob Gandarilla, closing out the first half of the game with an even score of 4-4.
But perhaps the most remarkable event of the night was taken by Omaha’s Murilo Ceruli…dribbling down the entire field, surpassing two New Mexico defenders, to then chip the goalkeeper and finish with a beautiful goal and a victorious samba dance.
The second half saw both teams trading the lead, with neither side letting up. New Mexico’s Isaiah Madrid took the first goal, only to be tied up a few minutes later by Omaha’s Mario Bueso. He finished it near post, with help from a stunning assist by Contreras. Following that up, Bueso saw the back of the net yet again, with the help of Ceruli’s third assist of the night. Third quarter ended with a lead for the Kings, at a tense 5-6.
But perhaps the most remarkable event of the night was taken by Omaha’s Murilo Ceruli. Ceruli dribbled down the entire field, surpassing two New Mexico defenders, to then chip the goalkeeper and finish with a beautiful goal and a victorious samba dance. The rest of the quarter continued to see goals traded back and forth, two of them from New Mexico’s Rose and Gandarilla. But the Kings had the final say, closing the game with a score of 7-8 thanks to another goal from Sanchez, securing their first road-win of the season.
Now in 2nd place in the Midwest Division with a 3-1 record, Omaha looks to continue their success as these next few games will prove to be crucial in the standings.
The Kings will host the Colorado Inferno in their last home match of the season on Saturday, January 15, at 9pm. Doors open at 8:30pm at Off The Wall Indoor Soccer (110th & Harrison), with special guest DJ NextOne dropping that Latin flavored rhythm and beat. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids, and can be purchased online or at the door. Visit omahakingsfc.com/tickets to buy tickets and follow the Kings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
Photography Courtesy of New Mexico Runners
ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE AND THE M2
The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL is a 4 tier pyramid league consisting of professional and semi-professional men’s arena soccer teams. The Omaha Kings play at the professional level in the MASL 2 (second tier), backed by the Major Arena Soccer League (top tier). The remaining pyramid consists of the M3 (third tier and semi-pro), and the PASL (fourth tier and amateur). For more information about the MASL and the M2, visit the website at the link below:
ABOUT THE OMAHA KINGS FC
The Omaha Kings FC are the only Men’s Professional Arena Soccer team in the state of Nebraska, proudly representing the Major Arena Soccer League 2. The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The club embodies a grassroots focus, consisting of mostly local talent seeking pathways to play soccer at the professional level. Launching in 2019 in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), the Kings built a huge momentum and in the two short years of their existence, were granted to Pro status at the M2 level in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). They closed their 2020 M3 inaugural season bringing home the first ever National Championship title in the history of the M3 Arena Soccer League. For 2021 – 2022, the Kings will only participate at the M2 professional level and are currently in season.
The team’s practice field is at Off The Wall Indoor Soccer Facility (110th & Harrison). The club was founded by Argentinian native Emmanuel Viel and his wife, Omaha native, Natalie Viel (Troutman). Serving as General Manager is Carlos Viel, a former professional soccer player from Necochea, Argentina. Head coach is Emmanuel Viel, with Assistant Coach and Bellevue native, Brian Locke.
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