Omaha, Nebraska 2022-05-07 02:50:47 –
Once a heretic, always a heretic.
On Wednesday, May 11th, three former student athletes will return to the pitch as members of Union Omaha as Omaha’s leading professional soccer player, making a special return to challenge the Northern Colorado Hailstorm in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup competition.
Hugo Kametani (2021), Ed Gordon (2021), and Emir Alihodzic (2015) are members of the 2022-2023 Union Omaha roster and have played a key role in the team’s success in the US Open Cup to date. bottom.
Union Omaha, led by former UNO head coach Jason Mims, took the lead in the final round of 32 of the elimination tournament after defeating rival Des Moines Menace and confusing the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
In the first professional soccer game ever played at UNO, Union Omaha aims to defeat rivals in northern Colorado and move on to the next round of the cup.The game will be played in the Caniglia Field with a start time of 7 pm
Since the game is played in the Caniglia Field, UNO students can participate for free using MavCARD and faculty and staff can purchase tickets online.
Reunite (or introduce) these successful Maverick student athletes before the game:
Kametani Hugo (2021 class)
Kametani, who joined UNO as a transfer in 2020, had a great influence on the men’s soccer team in his two seasons as Maverick.
Kametani participated in 28 games, scoring 11 points and 1 assist, scoring 9 points in the third grade, and finished 6th overall in the NCAA that season.
Kametani also scored a game-winning goal against UNC-Greensboro to give Mavericks the first ever NCAA tournament victory in 2020.
The Japanese-born forward joined Union Omaha in 2022 and scored once in the team during his inauguration season.
Ed Gordon (2021 class)
Gordon from Omaha said he would play at Creighton University until 2011 when UNO announced that he would play for the men’s soccer team. Six years later, Gordon, a teenager who regularly participates in Mavericks games, has joined. Mavericks as a forward.
Gordon played five seasons in Omaha, creating an All Summit Second Team in 2021, a Summit League All Tournament Team in 2021, and landing on the Summit League All Academic Team in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Obtained multiple recognitions.
Although not a professional scorer, Gordon made his presence on the pitch and played 76 games in five years, including 36 starts and nearly 5,000 minutes of play time.
Gordon signed with Union Omaha in less than a month and joined the team on April 15, 2022 as a defensive midfielder.
Emir Alihodzic (2015 class)
Emile Alihodzic, one of UNO’s first new hires, joined Mavericks as a freshman in 2012, playing all four years and scoring eight goals and three assists in 65 games.
Alihodzic made history as the first player in the history of the program drafted in 2015 and was ranked 54th overall in the Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer Draft. Alihodzic, who joined the Sounders minor league team in 2016, also played in St. Louis and Fresno before joining Union Omaha in 2021.
As Union Omaha’s midfielder, Alihodzic played 27 games and achieved two goals.
As Mavericks, Alihodzic was named to the All-Summit League Second Team in 2015, the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team in 2015, and the Academic All-Summit League Team in 2014. He is a midfielder.
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