Omaha Kings hope weekend doubleheader vs. Colorado jump starts 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.
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.
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. For more information, including tickets, visit the Omaha Kings facebook page at www.omahakingsfc.com/tickets.