The McKenzie Cup is named for BSSL player, Ucal McKenzie, who passed away suddenly after suffering a cardiac arrest in a BSSL game in 2009. We continue to honor and remember Ucal and all his contributions to our soccer community. We also commend the continued impact of his foundation.
October 13, 2022: Last night, the Bay State Soccer league hosted its McKenzie Cup finals at the Union Point Sports Complex. This Cup has a long history in the BSSL with one of the most coveted trophies in the state. Each year, BSSL teams, in all divisions, compete against each other in a single elimination tournament. It starts in late March/early April with almost 40 teams and continues through October when it is whittled down to the last team standing.
This year, we witnessed Inter Boston FC, a longstanding Division 3 team, who were recently promoted to Division 2, rise through the ranks of the Cup. Throughout the fall season, they also rose to the top of the table in Division 2. With Broadway sitting on top in Division 1, it was a show down of the top two flights in the BSSL.
The underdogs, Inter Boston FC gave Broadway a run for the Cup. Last night's game was tightly contested and both teams demonstrating quick precise passing and possession.
The difference maker in the match came in the 32nd minute with a foul in the box. #10 Ritter stepped to the spot confidently and buried the PK as seen here: Broadway Goal.
Inter Boston had a promising opportunity early in the second half, but the shot sailed just over the crossbar.
We congratulate Broadway for their 1-0 victory and Cup title. We look forward to Inter Boston FC's continued success in the BSSL and their Division 1 debut next year.
The foundation is dedicated and inspired by the work of Ucal McKenzie. 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 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.
In 2009, Ucal passed away suddenly after suffering cardiac arrest playing a semi-pro soccer game in Boston. Our work to bring leading soccer, art and health education, including hands-only cpr and AED awareness, is dedicated to Ucal.