Omaha’s Quixotic for Final M2 Playoff Spot Starts Great, but falls Short after Weekend Loss
TAMPA, Fla. — The Omaha Kings quest to nail down the fourth and final playoff spot started well Sunday afternoon in Amarillo, but ended in disappointment as the Bombers rallied from early two-goal deficits to win 9-7.
June 21, 2021 | Written by Brian Ackley | m2soccer.com
The Kings would have earned the fourth and final Major Arena Soccer League 2 playoff spot with a win, which would have been their fifth in a row, but instead the final spot will go to the Chicago Mustangs, who have the best remaining record of the non-invitational tournament winners from earlier in the season.
Wichita (Heartland Invitational), Amarillo (Rocky Mountain Invitational) and Cleveland (Great Lakes Invitational) had already earned post-season berths. The playoffs will be a single-elimination affair July 17 and 18 at Hartman Arena in Wichita.
Omaha had early leads of 2-0 and 3-1 Sunday before the Bombers took off. They broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter on three unanswered goals, one of which came on a shootout, and the last of which came with just 53 seconds to play.
Omaha finishes the season at 6-8, despite an impressive second half of the season with some big home wins…
Julio Vargas led the Amarillo attack with three goals and two assists, while Vitor Patri had two goals (including the game winner on a shootout) and an assist. Anthony Powell also had a three-point afternoon with a goal and two assits.
Jose Chavez got the win in goal, facing 31 shots, and coming up with a number of big stops in a tense, back-and-forth 4th quarter.
James Thayer had a goal and two assists to lead Omaha, who was originally scheduled to play at the M3 level this spring, but was granted provisional status to move up to M2 for the 2021 season. Adding a goal and an assist each were Eduardo Suarez, Leonides Mejia and Sebastian Contreras.
Omaha finishes the season at 6-8, despite an impressive second half of the season with some big home wins, the team struggled on the road. With the win over Omaha the Bombers improved to 5-4, and will be home for a pair of games July 9 and 11 against Colorado and Wichita to wrap up its regular season. Colorado will be at home for a weekend doubleheader this coming Saturday and Sunday against the Wings. Those four games will close out the M2 regular season, and determine the final playoff seedings.
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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