2019 MCAC Men’s Soccer Preview

The CMU Blazers will try to defend their MCAC men’s soccer championship this season

CMU Blazers

Head Coach: Anderson Pereira (second season)
Returning Players: 11
2018 Record: 5-2-3 (3rd place)

The Blazers are bringing back 11 players from last season’s championship team. Three of the returning players, Ryan Jensen, Daniel McIntyre-Ridd and Yeri Concepcion, will look to kick off where they left off last season as they were named to the 2018 All-Conference Second Team. Concepcion was among the league leaders with eight goals in 2018 and Ryan Jensen ranked ninth in the league with five goals from his midfield position. McIntyre-Ridd is a staple on the Blazers defence and is entering his fourth season. With a lot of key players returning in 2019, CMU is looking to repeat as MCAC champions.

BU Bobcats

Head Coach: Jesse Roziere (fourth season)
Returning Players: 14
2018 Record: 9-1-0 (1st place)

The Bobcats were the MCAC’s best regular season team in 2018, but they fell short in the finals losing 1-0 to the third-ranked CMU Blazers. Brandon is bringing back 14 players from their strong 2018 campaign and they will look to have success once again. Diego Rodriguez will be back in the Bobcats midfield this season, following a season worthy of being selected to the 2018 All-Conference First-Team. The 2018 co-leader in goals will also return to the BU attack. Forward Kevin Lopez scored 14 goals last season and was also named 2019 MVP for men’s futsal.

PUC Pilots

Head Coach: Joseph Passi (fourth season)
Returning Players: 8
2018 Record: 6-2-2 (2nd place)

The Pilots will look to make the MCAC finals this season, after being eliminated by CMU in the semi-finals last year. With eight returning players, Providence is lined up to have another strong season. Second-year forward Brett Sveinson and fourth-year midfielder Jay Thielmann have already started the 2019 season strong, each scoring a goal in last weekend’s opening games. Sveinson has been dominant offensively for the Pilots, scoring four goals in 2018. Jonathan Fulford is back for a fourth season and as the team’s captain. Fulford will look to lead this PUC squad back to the playoffs in 2019.

USB Les Rouges

Head Coach: Nassim Hamlauoi (second year) and Seif Dhaoui (first year)
Returning Players: 11
2018 Record: 4-1-5 (4th place)

The Les Rouges will look to take their season a step further this year, after losing to the Bobcats in last year’s semi-finals. USB will roster 11 players from last year’s team that finished fourth place in the MCAC. Third-year midfielder, Derek Mains missed time last season due to injury, but he didn’t miss a beat in his 2019 debut, scoring two goals in the teams 5-2 opening weekend win over PUC. Fourth-year player, Sami Atoui is back with the Les Rouges and is a vocal leader who motivates the team. USB is off to an early 1-0-0 start and will look to have continued success in 2019.

RRC Rebels

Head Coach: Charles Mrena (third season)
Returning Players: 4
2018 Record: 3-0-7 (5th place)

The Rebels will look to claim a 2019 playoff spot after falling short last season. Head coach Mrena said his team has a lot of talent in goal, a position he hopes to be a difference maker this year. Eduardo Francisco is the Rebels new team captain and is will be lined up at the midfield position for his second season with the team. With the departure of their 2018 goal leader Ameer Kinnarath, Red River College will have to look elsewhere for their goal support. However, Mrena is confident his team can compete with anyone in the league, something his squad will look to prove this season.

ACC Cougars

Head Coach: Diego Rodreiguez (first season)
Returning Players: 2
2018 Record: 0-0-10 (6th place)

Following a disappointing 0-0-10 season, the Cougars will look like a completely different team in 2019. Third-year defenceman, Diego Nomesque and second-year midfielder, Johnkennedy Unaegbuna are the only two returning players for ACC. The rest of the roster is filled with first year players, and the team will also have a fresh face behind the bench, with Diego Rodreiguez taking over as head coach this season. With so much turnover, it’s hard to say how the Cougars will perform this season.

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