Kings Stay Alive with Weekend Doubleheader Sweep of Colorado Inferno
OMAHA, Nebraska — For a team that wasn’t even supposed to play in Major Arena Soccer League 2 this season, the Omaha Kings are still making plenty of noise, and continue to be alive for a spot in next month’s Championship Weekend in Wichita.
June 1, 2021 | Written by Brian Ackley | m2soccer.com
The Kings delighted their home crowds with 10-5 and 8-5 wins over the Colorado Inferno this past weekend to improve to 5-7 (.458 winning percentage). The Chicago Mustangs currently hold the fourth and final playoff spot, and have finished their regular season at 5-5 (.500 winning percentage).
Omaha — which was originally set to play at the Major Arena Soccer League 3 level this season but was granted provisional status for the 2021 season to move up and play M2 this year — has two games remaining, including a huge showdown this coming Sunday against the first-place Cleveland Crunch.
A win in both would allow the Kings to also hit the .500 winning mark, and they would earn the final playoff spot…
The Kings finish their regular season on the road June 20 at Amarillo. A win in both would allow the Kings to also hit the .500 winning mark, and they would earn the final playoff spot by virtue of their wins over Chicago earlier in the season. The teams played three times, with Omaha taking two wins. Because teams are not able to play the same number of games this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, standings are being determined by winning percentage for 2021 only.
Saturday, Omaha raced to a 5-0 lead in the second quarter and Colorado could get no closer than three on two different occasions in the second half.
For the Kings, James Thayer had the hat trick, while Sebastian Contreras added a pair. Omaha got single scores from Murilo Ceruli, Eduardo Suarez and Leonides Mejia. Colorado goal scorers included Jorge Velasquez (3), Ben Brewer and Ventura Dominguez.
On Sunday, the Kings fell behind early, and then used a six-goal barrage in the second and third quarters to pull away from the Inferno, led by Ali Sodal’s four point afternoon (three goals and one assist). Thayer and Ceruli each also added a pair while Mejia, Daniel Zuckweiler and Elias Galvan had one goal each.
Next weekend’s action includes a return to the field for the Wichita Wings, who will host the Crunch Saturday before Cleveland moves on to Omaha Sunday. The Wings — who along with Cleveland and Amarillo have already clinched playoff spots — will host the Bombers for a pair at Hartman Arena June 11 and 12. The arena will host M2’s playoffs on July 17 and 18.
Photography by Cory Klabunde Photography
About the Major Arena Soccer League
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). The Omaha Kings FC launched in 2019 playing at the PASL level, making the jump to M3 for the 2020 – 2021 season, and are currently playing provisionally in the M2. The Kings are proud to represent the Major Arena Soccer League with teams residing in both the M2 and M3 levels. For more information about the MASL, MASL 2 and the M3, visit their websites at the links 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 at the 2nd and 3rd levels. The club embodies a grassroots focus, consisting of mostly local talent seeking pathways to play soccer professionally. Launching in 2019 in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), the Kings built a huge momentum making the jump to M3 for the 2020-2021 season. During the 20/21 M3 season, our local and hungry talent exceeded expectations, prompting the MASL to invite them to play a provisional year at the M2 level. In just two short years of its existence, the club now houses 2 men’s teams, playing at the professional level (M2) and semi-professional level (M3) in the Major Arena Soccer League pyramid. The Kings wrapped up their M3 inaugural season bringing home the first ever National Championship title in the history of the M3 Arena Soccer League. The M2 team finished out their provisional season with a 6-8 record, rallying 5 straight wins through the latter half and missing the wildcard playoff spot by just one match.
The club was founded and is operated 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. Leading the team is head coach and Bellevue native, Brian Locke. To learn more about the Omaha Kings, visit their website at omahakingsfc.com.
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