Chelsea finished the 2018 MCL season unscathed.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – The 11th season of Menace Champions League ended last Saturday, when an underdog came out on top, and a top-seeded side finished an undefeated season by winning in the last minute of its final.
MCL 2018 was split into two divisions and took place at Central Campus in downtown Des Moines. The 11U-13U division was composed of boys and girls, while the 13U-14U division was all-boys. The regular-season standings are posted here.
In the 11U-13U Coed final, Chelsea, seeded first out of 10 teams, defeated Manchester United 5-3 after scoring two goals in the final minute to break the 3-3 deadlock. Chelsea advanced to the final after beating Manchester City by the same score in the semi-final. Chelsea was the only MCL team to go undefeated throughout the winter season.
Bayern Munich, which finished the regular season in sixth place out of seven 13U-14U boys teams, defeated top seed Manchester City 7-6. Bayern Munich was led by Freddy Muniz, who scored five goals in the semifinal and four goals in the final. The regular season was also tightly contested with every single team winning three of its six games.
“Another great year for the Champions League in Des Moines,” said Menace Academy director of coaching Tomas Boltnar. “It’s great to see different age groups interacting with each other, with the older guys providing leadership to the younger players. The event has a lot of value, on and off the field.”
Congratulations to the champions:
Chelsea (11U-13U Coed): Maxwell Aliano, Jose Daniel, Alan Lopez, Jonathan Mendez, Nathaniel Moberg, Raymond Molina, Abigail Nelson, Richard Rodriguez, Sara Saleh, Alex Slavin.
Bayern Munich (13U-14U Boys): Carson Clearwater, Alec Fialkov, Daniel Fialkov, Luigi Guzman, Lorenzo Jimenez, Austin Lane, Freddy Muniz, Carlos Perez, Josh Wilson.
Thanks to all who were part of Menace Champions League 2018!
ABOUT THE MENACE ACADEMY: The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy provides a fun and challenging soccer environment that allows players to grow as people and reach the best of their soccer abilities. The academy includes boys and girls teams ranging in age from six to 19. Players are from all over the Des Moines metro area, coming from diverse backgrounds. Academy members develop by learning skills and strategies at age-appropriate levels. Youth are exposed to the very best coaching and training on a consistent basis as they grow and mature.
The non-profit Menace Academy is part of the Des Moines Menace – Iowa’s premier men’s and women’s teams. The Menace promotes healthy lifestyles through popular youth programs that also include Junior Menace, camps, clinics and tournaments.