The host Kings followed a 12-9 win Saturday with a nail-biting 7-6 decision over the Mustangs on Sunday to improve to 3-5 on the season. Chicago trailed 7-3, but scored three straight in the fourth quarter — the final one with over three minutes left to play — but Omaha stopped the rally right there to pick up the triumph.
James Thayer and Daniel Zuckweiler each had two goals for the Kings, who also got single markers from Morgan Penn, Ali Sodal and Bobby Jaffrey. Zuckweiler got the game winner with just 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter which gave the Kings a 7-3 lead before Alex Gomez,, Leo Acosta and Benjamin Suddeth all found the back of the net to make it a one-goal game.
The two teams had a wild affair Saturday, with the Kings setting the tone for the weekend with a 12-9 win…
Chicago, now 3-3, got additional goals from Acosta and Suddeth, and a singleton from Nathaniel Enriquez.
The two teams had a wild affair Saturday, with the Kings setting the tone for the weekend with a 12-9 win, despite a five-goal night from Chicago’s Acosta.
Sodal and Zuckweiler each had hat-tricks as Omaha erased a 7-5 Chicago lead with six straight goals in the second half. The game was tied on five different occasions, the last time at 7-7.
Murilo Ceruli and Leonides and Meija each scored twice while teammates James Thayer, Sebastian Contreras added a goal apiece.
Adrian Ortiz had three goals for Chicago and Gomez added a single score.
The Kings, 3-5, will be back on the road next weekend for a pair of games in Cleveland against the Crunch. Tickets are available at theclevelandcrunch.com website. Chicago has a doubleheader weekend coming up as well as they host the Wichita Wings May 8 and 9.
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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