Chelsea celebrates its U14-U16 MCL title on March 13.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, March 14, 2014 – Donning jerseys of some of the top international football clubs, more than 120 members of the Des Moines Menace Academy’s boys teams competed in the 2014 Menace Champions League.
The seventh season of this popular winter league started in early January and wrapped up this week. All games were played on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Soccer House in rural West Des Moines.
In the end, a pair of teams hoisted the coveted MCL cup after tightly contested championship matches:
- FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid, 7-4, in the U11-U13 final on March 11.
- Chelsea outlasted Manchester United, 7-5, in last night’s U14-U16 title match.
Tomas Boltnar, the director of coaching for Menace Central, has spearheaded MCL each season. This year, he organized 12 teams – six in each division. Each team comprised 9-11 players who would not typically be teammates during their respective outdoor seasons.
“It’s great to bring the different age groups together, and truly become one club,” Boltnar said. “It builds community within Menace Academy, and it’s fun to see the passion these guys put into their effort for their team, to see them competing really hard.
“We saw great leadership, with guys stepping up and showing support of others, regardless of winning or losing.”
Congratulations to the champions and finalists, and to these individuals:
Most Valuable Player: Arvin Garcia, Brorussia Dortmund
Golden Boot (most goals): Belmin Ljucevic, Real Madrid
Best Goalkeeper: Elliott Idehen, Bayern Munich
Best Defender: Micah Sarlat-Pool, Bayern Munich
Team MVPs: Juan Sandoval, Bayern Munich; Arvin Garcia, Borussia Dortmund; Tonatiuh Merlos, Chelsea; William Munoz, FC Barcelona; Adam Cahill, Manchester United; Belmin Ljucevic, Real Madrid
Most Valuable Player: Jack Palen, FC Barcelona
Golden Boot (most goals): Payne Hoyt, Borussia Dortmund
Best Goalkeeper: Ethan Dunn, Manchester United
Best Defender: Alex Meza, Borussia Dortmund
Team MVPs: Brad Thorpe, Bayern Munich; Trevor Johnson, Borussia Dortmund; Jordy Triana, Chelsea; Andrew Cernicky, FC Barcelona; Nick Schnack, Manchester United; Paul Kumar, Real Madrid
FC Barcelona (U11-U13): Alex Alatorre, John Cernicky, Matthew Cernicky, Zach Fry, Johan Hernandez, Cooper Kissell, Forrest LaPrade, Cicali Munoz, William Munoz, and goalkeeper Javier Santiago
Chelsea (U14-U16): Julius Cooper, Isai Diaz, Eddy Fernandes, Edin Ganic, Sam Holmes, Eric Ratcliff, Santiago Rios, Alex Shay, Duncan Shay, Jordy Triana, and goalkeeper Anthony Velez
Thank you to all participants and their families, and to the Menace Academy coaches who came out each night to referee the games.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 21st season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. The Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments.