What a group. Thanks to all who were part of the 2017 Menace Champions League! Photo credit: Abe Saleh
DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – The Des Moines Menace Academy’s 10th season of Menace Champions League ended last Saturday, when an underdog came out on top, and a top-seeded side needed penalty kicks to win a dramatic, high scoring, final.
MCL 2017 was split into two divisions and took place at Central Campus in downtown Des Moines. The 11U-12U 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-12U final, Juventus, seeded fourth out of seven teams, defeated Bayern Munich 3-2 after losing to them in the regular season. They knocked out fifth-seeded Arsenal 1-0 and top seed Manchester City 3-1 on route to the final. Juventus finished the regular season with 10 points and a negative goal differential.
Athletico Madrid, which finished atop of the four-team 13U-14U table after only losing one regular-season game, defeated Barcelona 2-1 in penalty kicks after regular time finished 7-7. Athletico Madrid GK Diego Leon made the game-winning save in the third round of penalties to help his team lift the MCL trophy. Athletico Madrid was the superior team all season finishing with 16 points and a 24+ goal differential.
“Thank you to all players and parent’s that participated in Menace Champions League,” said Menace Academy director of coaching Tomas Boltnar. “Our players are very passionate about the game and the finals showed it and provided such incredible memories.”
Congratulations to the champions:
Juventus (11U-12U): Tavin Ferner, Daniel Fialkov, Alex Fialkov, Ella Forsyth, Gage Holmes, Lucas Kueter, Andrew McDonough, Jonathan Mendez, Kayla Reis, Braedon Roberts, Alex Slavin, Claire Steim.
Athletico Madrid (13U-14U): Josh Barron, Connelly Corcoran, Ajdin Hasanic, Ryan Huang, Diego Leon, Jackson Lozier, Tonatiuh Merlos-Rojas, Brooks Murphy, Hank O’Leary, Jasmin Omerasevic, Eduardo Quintana, Gabe Serrano, Thomas Whitman.
Thanks to all who were part of Menace Champions League 2017!
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.