It’s that time of year and the excitement is building within BSSL- The final rounds of the MacKenzie Cup are about the begin! Will Kendall Wanderers repeat? Will cinderella and upstart Fall River capture the crown?
The Ucal McKenzie Cup is an annual tradition in the Bay State Soccer League. The opening rounds of this single game elimination tournament start in the spring with its Division 2 and Division 3 teams facing off against one another. Then, enter the Division 1 powerhouses. You win, you advance.
Over the summer, quarterfinal rounds were completed and now only four teams remain: GPS Omens, Fall River FC, Kendall Wanderers A, and MIT FC. The Omens will play the upstart Fall River of D3S and defending champs Kendall Wanderers meeting fellow D1 side MIT.
These games are coming soon and should contain all the drama and excitement of any high level competition. Come join us and support local soccer!!
Finals: 10/9: Hunt Playground
Although this competition has been in existence for over 40 years, in 2009 the Cup was renamed the Ucal Mckenize Cup after a BSSL player suffered cardiac arrest on the field during a league game. Ucal was an inspirational figure as a high school coach, mentor, and teammate. The BSSL felt it fitting to honor his legacy, by giving the Cup his name. Fittingly, the very first MacKenzie Cup was awarded to Carico (his team) in its first year after his passing.
On September 18th, the semifinals will kickoff and it will be so much more than just playoff games, as we are 10 years now from Ucal's passing. This year's Cup will continue to be a tribute to man who saw that anyone can win and in his lifetime did all he could to see that happen.
Ucal was an incredibly talented high school counselor, varsity soccer coach and city youth mentor who connected with each and every one of his students and players. Counseling was not a profession for him, but a calling. Ucal’s laughter was warm and infectious, and no matter how you felt, he made life look better. His love of music, and particularly music he could dance to, was indicative of his love for his native Jamaica. Ucal’s s vibrant and passionate spirit echoed throughout the Newton High School halls. A dedicated doer, Ucal never missed a moment to give of his time. He was the Peer Mentor advisor, coordinated the Senior Faculty Scholarship Committee, advised the Break Dancing Club and worked with Dorchester youth as Coach at Valeo Futbol Academy. Ucal was just as passionate about playing soccer as he was in coaching his team. The spirit of his words and actions buoyed his players in both victory and defeat. His humble demeanor mirrored his inner and outward beauty. His selfless nature and manner were an inspiration.
Above all, and most importantly, Ucal loved his family. Not only was he a loving husband and a gentle human being, but also he was a believer in the good in all people. Ucal truly was a special human being. It was said, "There never was any heart truly great and generous that was not also tender and compassionate." That was Ucal McKenzie according to the foundation set up to continue his legacy.
The UCMBF (Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foudation) works to bring leading soccer, art and health education, including hands-only CPR and AED awareness, is dedicated to Ucal.
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