Omaha Defeats Amarillo 9-6 in a Tense Battle
The Kings advance to 5-1 as they kept the Bombers at bay by leading from start to finish to win.
Omaha’s final home match of the season brought out another packed house, leaving standing room only at the Off The Wall facility. Fans enjoyed a tense battle between the two teams while DJ Next 1 kept the house rocking, and a “mini-match” played by the Raptors Club served as the halftime entertainment.
Written by Joseph Reina
Omaha Kings Player/Intern
The game began with several, uninterrupted spells of play until late in the first quarter and both teams struggled to find a breakthrough. Twelve minutes in, Pedro Augusto scored the only goal of the quarter to give Omaha a 1-0 lead.
The floodgates opened in the second quarter, with both teams scoring early. Manuel Lira doubled the Kings’ advantage before Darren Mitchell brought the Bombers within one. Omaha responded with two more goals; a second from Pedro Augusto followed by Say Say’s first.
The Kings lit up the scoreboard, putting up three goals in the first three minutes.
After the halftime break, the Kings lit up the scoreboard putting up three goals in the first three minutes. Manuel Lira assisted Pedro Augusto 45 seconds into the quarter, and then repeated the act a minute later as Augusto netted his fourth of the game. Leo Mejia then joined in, scoring to put the Kings up 7-3. Lucca Lima scored for Amarillo to keep their hopes alive midway through the quarter. Feeding off the momentum, Amarillo scored two more goals through Vitor Patriani and Miguel Reyes to bring them back within one at the end of the third quarter.
It was all to play for in the fourth quarter as the Kings led Amarillo 7-6. As the most intense quarter of the game proceeded, both teams enjoyed long spells of possession and many goal-scoring chances but were unable to put the ball in the net until Pedro Augusto pounced on a rebound, giving the Kings a two-goal lead. Say Say then secured the result for Omaha, off an assist from Manuel Lira, his third of the day. Omaha held strong to finish the game 9-6 and put a third ‘tally’ on their winning streak.
The next match for the Kings will certainly shake things up as they head out to play their Midwest rivals, the Wichita Wings. The Orange Army is sure to be out in full force, as Omaha looks forward to playing in their electric atmosphere. Both teams are now sitting at a 5-1 record, with the Kings looking to earn the win and surpass the Wings for the number 1 spot in the MASL2’s Midwest Division. Omaha will travel to Hartman Arena on Saturday, February 5th to play the Wings at 7:00 PM CST. Be sure to visit omahakingsfc.com and follow the Omaha Kings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on how to attend and watch the game.
Photography by Jami O. Photo
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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