Kings Defeat Inferno 19-6 to Tie First Place in Midwest Division
Omaha, Nebraska [January 16, 2022]
The Kings win against the Inferno in emphatic fashion to continue their great form this season. With 11 out of 14 rostered players scoring, Omaha has shot up the their division standings, tying first place with their midwest rivals, the Wichita Wings.
Written by Joseph Reina
Omaha Kings Player/Intern
Omaha fans brought an electric atmosphere, and managed to pack the house despite a snowstorm the previous day. Opening the game with an early mistake from the Kings, Colorado midfielder Francisco Rivas capitalized to give the Inferno a 1-0 lead. Omaha responded quickly through midfielder Leo Mejia and then put their foot down, scoring a further three before the quarter was over. Colorado bookended the half with another goal by Marcus Jordan to end the quarter 4-2 in favor of Omaha.
The flood gates opened in the third quarter as the Kings would cruise, scoring seven goals.
Omaha scored in the first thirty seconds of the second quarter thanks to Murilo Ceruli before Mario Bueso registered three goals to give the Kings a healthy lead into halftime. Colorado would get a second goal midway through the quarter through Marcus Jordan, making it 8-3 at the half.
The floodgates opened in the third quarter as the Kings would cruise, scoring seven goals. Say Say scored his first two goals of the season, and one apiece for Murilo Ceruli, Tomaz Rossi, Morgan Penn, Andy Rodriguez, and Leo Mejia. Colorado midfielder Francisco Rivas added another goal to his tally midway through the quarter, but as the teams entered the fourth quarter, the Inferno still trailed 15-4
In the fourth, Say Say completed his hattrick, capping off an unforgettable day for the forward, and he was not alone with Leo Mejia scoring two more in the quarter to make it four for him on the day. Francisco Rivas completed his hattrick as well for Colorado before a consolation goal by Jorge Velasquez. Kings midfielder Jeff Sumaili, capped off the game with a late debut goal as the Kings finished on top, 19-6.
The Kings will face the Amarillo Bombers for their next match, January 30, 2022. Follow the Omaha Kings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on game location and time.
Photography by Nathan Van Haute
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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