Men’s Soccer Announces Five-Game Spring Slate
OMAHA, Neb. –The Omaha men’s soccer team will play five matches in its 2017 spring season Head Coach Jason Mims announced Monday afternoon.
The Mavericks kick off the spring against Major League Soccer’s newest club, Minnesota United FC on Sunday, March 5 at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury, MN. Head coach Adrian Heath, who previously coached Orlando City FC, leads Minnesota United.
Following that match, UNO will take on UMKC on Friday, March 10. Head coach Rick Benben is in his 19th year leading the Kangaroos.
On Saturday, March 18, Omaha faces the professional team Oklahoma City Energy FC of the United Soccer League (USL) at Oklahoma Christian University. Last season, the Energy finished the season with a record of 10-7-13 and finished seventh overall in the USL Western Conference. Oklahoma City is an affiliate of FC Dallas and coached by former Sports Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
UNO will host Hastings College for its lone home match this spring on Saturday, April 8. Last fall, the Broncos finished the season 24-0-1 and captured the NAIA national title. Omaha-native Aaron Champenoy is in his first year leading Hastings.
Omaha battles Creighton in the annual Kicks for a Cure game on April 22 as part of the annual “Kicks For A Cure” match. Morrison Stadium will host the matchup this spring between Omaha and CU. For more information on the event, go to www.kicksforacure.org.
All spring home matches will offer free admission to all fans.
Omaha Men’s Soccer Spring Exhibition Schedule
Sunday, March 5 – Minnesota United, Bielenberg Sports Center – Woodbury, Minn., 4 p.m.
Friday, March 10 – UMKC, Durwood Soccer Stadium – Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 – Oklahoma City Energy FC, Oklahoma Christian University – Edmond, Okla., Noon
Saturday, April 8 – Hastings, Caniglia Field, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 – Creighton, Morrison Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
- Minnesota United will move from the NASL to join MLS in 2017, playing their home games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while building a soccer-specific venue of its own.
- Omaha’s match against Minnesota United is the second time the Mavericks will play a team from Major League Soccer. The other game was a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on March 23, 2013.
- This will be the fifth time that Omaha and Minnesota have squared off, but the first time they have met since Minnesota’s move to the MLS.
- Omaha and UMKC have a storied history with the Mavericks topping the Kangaroos 2-1 for the first win in program history.
- UMKC head coach Rick Benben has coached the program for 19 seasons and is in the UMKC Athletic Hall of Fame.
- This spring will mark the fourth year OKC and UNO have met. Last season, the Energy tied Omaha, 1-1.
- Omaha and Creighton will meet for the second straight spring in the KFAC event.
- UNO and CU tied 1-1 last fall in the regular season.