2015 MBS National Championship Tournament Recap
This past weekend the 6th Annual Major Beach Soccer (MBS) National Championship got off to a perfect start on the pristine beach of Clearwater FL.
There were 39 qualifying teams who joined the competition from across the country spanning 9 divisions (4 x adult, & 5 x Youth). Qualifying teams came to the tournament as winners from one of the summer events hosted by Major Beach Soccer, Soccer In the Sand, or Beach Bums. Teams traveled from San Diego CA, Cleveland OH, Grand Haven MI, Rochester NY, Seaside OR, Washington State, North Carolina and various regions in FL.
Each 1st place winner in the Youth and Co-ed over 30 divisions took home a 2015 National Championship 1st place medal and official Major Beach Soccer ball. 1st place winners of the Adult Women’s, Men’s & Co-ed Open divisions received a $500 cash prize. All 2nd place winners received a medal.
The overall quality of play in the tournament was advanced, competitive and exciting to watch. It is clear that as the popularity of Beach Soccer grows so does the quality of play.
Here is a summary of the 1st & 2nd place winners from each of the 9 divisions.
U14 Male Results and Recap:
Some of the notable Champions were the U 14 male So-Cal Legacy BFC from Oceanside CA coached by Steve Citron. Coach Steve had really prepared his team well before traveling across country to participate in Nationals and came out of the championship game with a 5-1 win against GFL Soccer coached by Eddie Loewen who is a certified FIFA beach soccer coach!
- Champion: So-Cal Legacy BFC ... 5
- Runner Up: GFL Soccer ... 1
U14 Female Results and Recap:
In the U14 female division, Lady Flames coached by Tony Hernandez out of Valrico FL were eventual winners of a hard fought match. They won 3-1 after a competitive game against the IMG Academy coached by Kim Dean.
- Champion: Valrico Lady Flames ... 3
- Runner Up: IMG Academy ... 1
U16 Female Results and Recap:
After a great championship game the eventual 2-0 winners of the U16 female division was the Sand Savages from Hollywood FL coached by John Peppe. The runners up were the IMG Academy team coached by Jorge Cruz. The IMG Academy players attend a full time soccer residency program in Bradenton FL so the beach was a nice change of pace from their normal schedule.
- Champion: Sand Savages ... 2
- Runner Up: IMG Academy ... 0
U16 Male Results and Recap:
The local Clearwater Chargers Club coached by Michael Cole were crowned Champions of the U16 male division after beating Team Kicks 4-2 from Lake Worth FL coached by Luis Savedra.
- Champion: Clearwater Chargers ... 4
- Runner Up: Team Kicks ... 2
U18 Female Results and Recap:
In the U18 female division the eventual winner was Sal’s Gals from Ocala FL coached by Sophie Putzeys. Sal’s Gals won the championship game by a comfortable 5-1 win against the Cascade Kodiaks who had traveled the furthest to join the competition from Leavenworth WA! The team was well coached by Glen Stefanko.
- Champion: Sal’s Gals ... 5
- Runner Up: Cascade Kodiaks ... 1
Women's Open Division Results and Recap:
In the Women’s Open division, Peacepassers.org from Charlotte NC coached by Marrisa Thomas were crowned Champions after a comfortable 6-2 win against Lakeland Reality coached by Amy Glenn. Both teams have attended many years of MBS beach soccer events. The www.peacepassers.org is a charitable organization and were very supportive of their program by passing on half of their $500 championship purse to the organization. Well-done peacepassers.org!
- Champion: Peacepassers.org ... 6
- Runner Up: Lakeland Reality ... 2
Men's Open Division Results and Recap:
The Men’s Open division Champion team were our long standing MBS friends, Team Calvary from Tampa FL coached by Luis Hernandez with a 4-3 win against Rochester Italians out of Rochester NY. This was one of the closest and well-played championship games of the weekend with many experienced players showing the crowd in the bleachers just how beach soccer is played! The flicks, kicks and bicycle kicks in the game of both teams led to a one goal difference in the game going to Calvary. When Calvary’s coach Luis Hernandez came up on stage to receive his championship medal and $500 cash prize he shouted out to the crowd “at last after 5 years of competing in the MBS Championship we finally did it”. Nice job Luis
- Champion: Team Calvary ... 4
- Runner Up: Rochester Italians ... 3
Over 30's Co-Ed Division Results and Recap:
In the Over 30’s Co-ed division, Team Lockahatchee Road Prison coached By Joe Schneider was competing in their division to try to complete a “three-peat” title having won the championship in 2013 and 2014. However, the championship win was not to be. The championship game was a “derby” game between 2 teams from the same city.. Lakeland! These teams have played MBS events for many years as Sandcastle United from FL who are coached by Tom Seqreto. Sandcastle United had a comfortable 5-1 win against Lakeland United FL.
- Champion: Sandcastle United ... 5
- Runner Up: Lakeland United ... 1
Co-Ed Open Division Results and Recap:
In the popular Co-ed Open division, Real Ale Madrid coached by Jacob Chavez had an easy 6-1 win beating Team Kicks coached by Richard Woolcock’s. The team had driven across the state from Royal Palm Beach FL to participate.
- Champion: Real Ale Madrid ... 6
- Runner Up: Team Kicks ... 1
We want to thank all teams for coming out to play in this years Championship. We look forward to seeing them again next year during the summer qualifying series. Our 2016 tournament schedule will be announced in early January.
Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors and partners, the St Petersburg Clearwater Sports Commission, Sheppard’s Beach Resort and Vincere Sand Socks for their contributions in making this tournament a great success.