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Menace Academy 14U boys win MRL division

The Menace 14s outscored MRL foes 21-6 this fall. Photo credit: Tim Davis and Kevin O'Connor

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 – This year has been filled with success for the Des Moines Menace Academy 14U boys. They claimed the state’s indoor and outdoor titles this past winter and spring, and after stepping it up this fall as members of the Midwest Regional League (MRL), they sealed a division championship last weekend.

A 4-0 win on Saturday over SC Waukesha (Wisc.) clinched first place in an eight-team group composed of top Region-II clubs – Sporting Kansas City Academy, Sporting Omaha FC, Lou Fusz (St. Louis) and the Chicago Fire Juniors, to name a few.

The Menace finished 6-1-0 with 18 points (eight more than three teams sharing second place) in the PQ Division West Red.

 “Hard work brings success,” head coach JR Fernandes said. “The players have been working extremely hard, and their passion for the game is always present. I am very proud of this group for the way they respect the game and play for each other.”

For next spring, the team has earned a place in the eight-team Premier-I Division, comprising the top four teams from both the East and the West divisions of Region-II.


Related link: 2017 Fall MRL standings


Menace Academy 14U Boys
Dyland Agyeman
Jose Balderas Jr.
Joedwin Barboza
Xavier Davis
Pablo De Avila
Haref Diaz
Ryan Huang
Calvin Jaworski
Diego Leon
Diego Mares
Tonatiuh Merlos-Rojas
Freddy Muniz
Aidan O’Connor
Saul Rodriguez
Abraham Ruiz-Rivas
Alexis Soto
Brandon Vasquez Banegas
Josh Wilson
Coaching Staff: JR Fernandes, David Soto-Luna, Joe Arreola,
Team Manager: Kevin O’Connor


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 18.  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.


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