Omaha Kings Hoping Weekend Double Header vs Colorado Jumpstarts Playoff Push
TAMPA, Fl. — The Omaha Kings are hoping this Memorial Day weekend home doubleheader against the Colorado Inferno prove to be a jump start to the spot in the 2021 Major Arena Soccer League 2 playoffs.
May 28, 2021 | Written by Andrew Ross | m2soccer.com
The Kings — who were granted provisional status just to play in M2 this year after planning to play at the M3 level this year — can still catch the Chicago Mustangs for the fourth and final spot at M2’s Championship Weekend set. July 17 and 18 in Wichita.
The Wings, Cleveland Crunch and Amarillo Bombers are already assured of their playoff spots, and the Kings can claim the last opening by winning its last four games to catch the Chicago Mustangs in the regular season standings.
Chicago has finished its regular season at 5-5. Omaha, currently 3-7, would improve to 7-7 on the year if they run the table. Standings for this season only are being determined by overall winning percentage because teams are not able to play the same number of games in 2021 because of Covid-19 restrictions.
This weekend’s doubleheader is a matchup of the two biggest offensive stars in the league…Colorado’s Francisco Rivas & Omaha’s Ali Sodal…
Because the Kings hold a 2-0 record against Chicago this year, Omaha would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish with a .500 winning percentage. Colorado could also still finish at .500 if they win all five of their remaining games, but would lose in a head-to-head tiebreaker against Chicago.
This weekend’s doubleheader is a matchup of two of the biggest offensive stars in the league. Colorado’s Franciso Rivas is fourth overall in the points this season (25), while Omaha’s Ali Sodal has fifth overall in points and tied for fourth in goals scored in M2 play this year with 16.
Games are set at the Off the Wall indoor soccer facility in Omaha. Game times are 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, both Central Standard time.
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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