The message to the Heart this last week has been “We don’t lose at home”. This message from Coach Allen has been effective over the course of the Heart’s last two seasons. The defensive strength of the Heart has been the most impressive aspect of their game. However, with few veterans returning this year, the Heart are hoping to hold out against two very strong teams in the Atlanta Steam and the Chicago Bliss.
While the team is young, Allen feels that they will be able to go toe-to-toe with both of the teams who played for the Legends Cup in 2014. “Yes, we have played against Atlanta before, but they haven’t seen this Omaha Heart. We have a completely different offensive scheme that they haven’t ever seen and our defense is just as intense as previous seasons.”
The rivalry games between Omaha and the Steam have yet to go the Hearts way. Both games have been played in Atlanta, and in both games Atlanta won. With the location switched, the Heart are expecting that the balance of power in this heated rivalry will be switched as well. “They are gonna be mad after losing by 3 in Chicago,” said Allen, “but they haven’t had to play in front of our fans.” The Heart have sold out “The Farm” and have had several impressive performances at home and their 2015 schedule will push them to their limits.
There is a shroud of mystery around the team, but one thing is certain about the Heart – They have something to prove, and with some of the best support in the LFL, the Heart have the potential to have a breakout season. To succeed this season the Heart will need a strong performance against the Steam at home this weekend. There is no time to ease into 2015. Omaha kicks off 2015 with a Sink or Swim game. Beat the Steam and the Heart will have the foundation for a breakout year. Lose at home to their biggest rival and it could be a long season for Omaha.