Omaha Crowned Midwest Conference Champions

WRITTEN BY JOSEPH REINA
MARCH 30, 2022

The Kings are crowned the Midwest Conference Champions over the Wichita Wings as they move on to the MASL2 semifinals, after an intense 8-7 overtime win.

Omaha and Wichita met twice during this year’s regular season with the Wings emerging victorious on both occasions, but not this time. In the Midwest Division Playoffs, Wichita played host to the Kings, where the Wings were the ones who came up short.  Midfielder Leo Mejia found the back of the net with just under three minutes remaining in overtime, causing an explosion of excitement for the Kings and their traveling fans.

… Mejia found the back of the net with just under three minutes remaining in overtime, causing an explosion of excitement for the Kings and their traveling fans.

The Kings trailed for the entire first quarter and for half of the second before Pedro Augusto leveled the score at 3-3 going into halftime. After the break, Bobby Jaffery scored twice as the Kings took their turn to control the game. Omaha would lead from that point on until David Lucio tied the game at 7-7 with just 46 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Wichita and Omaha exchanged opportunities for seven minutes before Pedro Augusto collected a loose ball in his own half and took it the length of the field before laying it off for Leo Mejia who rifled home the golden goal and his third on the day to send the Kings to Michigan. 

Next up for the Kings will be a trip to Muskegon, Michigan for the MASL2 semifinals on April 8th. Match times and their opponent will be announced at a later date. Follow the Omaha Kings on  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on game location and time.

Photography by Natalie Viel

ABOUT THE OMAHA KINGS FC

The Omaha Kings FC is a 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. Our team embodies a grassroots focus, consisting of mostly local talent seeking pathways to play soccer at the professional level.

The Kings launched in 2019 in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), finishing 3rd overall with a wildcard invite to finals.  In 2020, they joined the semi-pro and third tier of the MASL pyramid, and brought home the first ever National Championship title in the history of the M3 Arena Soccer League.  Coming off that huge momentum, the Kings were granted to Pro status at the M2 level in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) and were invited to play a provisional year for the 2020 – 2021 season.  For 2021 – 2022, the Kings only participated in the M2 professional level and were crowned the Midwest Conference Champions.  Making it to the final four, they lost in overtime to the San Diego Sockers II, who went on to become the M2 league champions.  The next M2 season will kick off in November of 2022.

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 Director is Carlos Viel, a former professional soccer player from Necochea, Argentina.  Head coach is Emmanuel Viel, with Assistant Coach and Bellevue native, Brian Locke.

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 their websites at the links below:

MASL  |  maslsoccer.com
M2 Soccer  |  m2soccer.com

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