2020 MCAC Men’s Futsal Preview

The BU Bobcats will look to make it three straight soccer championships after raising the 2019 futsal and soccer banners

BU Bobcats
Record: 9-1-0
Head coach: Jesse Roziere (4th year)

The Bobcats are riding the tide of back-to-back championships, winning the 2019 futsal championship and more recently their first-ever MCAC soccer championship in school history. In last season’s futsal final, BU edged out the second-ranked CMU Blazers 2-0.

The Bobcats are rostering 18 returning players from their championship squads and will aim to secure a second straight futsal championship. Rookie keeper William Tonning was an all-conference player during the soccer season and BU will rely heavily on his play in net this season. However, the Bobcats don’t lack an attack and MCAC soccer championship weekend hero Travis Buick will return to the court — Buick was named player of the tournament at this year’s soccer playoffs. Akim Johnston is returning to add a veteran presence to the defensive side of the court.

“We will look to continue to build on the successful year that our program achieved in 2019,” said BU head coach Jesse Roziere. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to play in our first final four at home and are looking forward to another exciting indoor season.”

CMU Blazers
Record: 8-1-1
Head coach: Anderson Pereira (2nd year)

After falling to the Bobcats in last year’s championship match, the Blazers veteran roster will aim to lift the MCAC trophy this season.

All-conference soccer and futsal star Ryan Jensen is entering his final season at CMU and the two-way forward will look to provide leadership on and off the court to lead the Blazers to a championship in his final season. Futsal all-conference player Victor Hugo is another forward likely to fill up the score sheet and be a key player to the team’s success — Hugo scored 14 goals last season. Matheus Moreno is returning to the team and will act as an anchor on the Blazer’s defensive unit. 

PUC Pilots
Record: 5-0-5
Head coach: Joseph Passi (4th year)

The Pilots were a .500 team last futsal season but have many players returning from their soccer team that lost in the MCAC championship game in October. PUC will rely on that experience to help them take the next step toward playing in the MCAC futsal championship game.

2019 soccer all-conference players Giovanni Benitez and Bret Sveinson will be players to keep an eye on this season, with Benitez providing offensive spark and Sveinson being a reliable two-way player. Benitez scored some clutch goals for the Pilots during their 2019 soccer campaign and will look to duplicate his success in the futsal season. Striker Austin Blackwell will be another name likely to see the scoresheet this season.

USB Les Rouges
Record: 3-1-6
Head coach: Nassim Hamlaoui

The Les Rouges qualified for both last season’s futsal playoffs and this year’s soccer championships as the number four seed. The team will look to improve their regular season play to set them up for success in the 2020 futsal playoffs.

USB’s roster is compiled with eight returning players, including 2019 MCAC soccer MVP Derek Mains. Mains showed offensive and defensive soccer intelligence during the outdoor season, and a player like Mains can be a difference maker on the futsal court. Mains leads by example and scored seven goals last season, but also provides a leadership presence off the court. Mohamed Bezzahou is coming off an eight goal futsal season and will look to provide an offensive spark once again, to help push USB to another post-season appearance.

RRC Rebels
Record: 2-0-8
Head coach: Chuck Mrena (3rd year)

The Rebels finished four points shy of a playoff spot last futsal season and is coming off another fifth-place finish in the outdoor season. The team will rely heavily on returning veteran players to help make progress and secure a playoff spot in 2020.

Goalkeeper Marcos Bremgartner is returning after making some incredible saves during the outdoor soccer season. The Rebels will need Bremgartner to make key saves to keep them in close games throughout the year. Team captain Eduardo Francisco will bring need to lead by example this season and provide offense from his wing position. Minh Tran is another Rebels forward that will need to have a strong season for the Rebels to qualify for the 2020 championship weekend.

ACC Cougars
Record: 1-1-8
Head coach: Diego Rodriguez (2nd year)

The Cougars will need to make some big improvements to get back into the playoffs this season, they finished in last place during the 2019 futsal season and failed to record a win in the 2019 outdoor campaign.

ACC will need returning players Diego Nomesque and John Kennedy Unaegbuna to lead the way if they are to make the big leap toward a playoff berth. Nomesque scored four goals in last year’s futsal season and was a bright spot on the outdoor squad this season. Unaegbuna will need to use his talents on both ends of the court, as the midfielder will need to lead by example on both ends of the court. Enrique Hernandez isn’t returning to the team this season and was second in MCAC futsal scoring with 17 goals last season. If the Cougars are to compete this season they will need first-year players to fill the void left by Hernandez.

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