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O30 Cup State Championship

USASA Region I Mengel O30 Cup Schedule

Quarterfinals:4/2 and 4/16

  • 4/2 1pm: NY Greek Americans (ENY) vs Safira FC (MA) Field of Dreams 5619 Old Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa, NY
  • NJ v CT
  • PAW v MD

Semifinals: 5/7

Finals: June 17-18th at the Ukranian American Sports Center

2022 State Championships: Safira FC

O30 State Final: Highlights

November 5, 2022: This highly anticipated state final was a showdown between two of the state's perennially strongest O30 clubs - Broadway Gunners (formally Battery Park and Warehouse Gunners) and Safira FC. 

Historically, the veteran players of the Broadway Gunners have held the O30 Cup title for the last four years. Their younger squad just wrapped up a very successful season, winning both the Bay State Soccer League Division 1 title and the prestigious McKenzie Cup. 

In the past, Safira had faced off against the Gunners several times but were under able to rethrown them in the O30 Cup. Safira shares one 2020 O30 co-champion title (with the Gunners) in our COVID year. However, this year, they entered the state final with a 22-2 goal differential and convinced that they had the offense firepower to get it done this year.

In the opening minutes of the match, Broadway scored first with a team goal. In the 5th minute, the ball was intercepted in the Safira box by Gunner's Matthew Kelsey. Leaning back off balance he was able to poke the ball through to Aaron O'Neal, who with a single touch, slid the ball across to Brian Grisell on the back post who finished as seen here: Broadway's Goal .

Safira had several opportunities in the first half, like this Save by Gunner's goalie, Kevin Griffith and this bending Direct kick taken by Safira's Pablo Guimaraes. However Broadway kept Safira off the board in the first half.

In the 57' Safira was awarded a PK for a foul in the box.  Geovane Lange netted the equalizer with this Kick from the Spot.

We remained tied at 1-1 until the 89' minute when Safira's Vander Bellettini one timed a beautiful cross with his left foot to go far post, seen here: Vander Goal

Minutes later, in stoppage, Vander struck again with this goal, assisted by Jonatas Silva Inacio:  Safira's Goal in Stoppage.

Safira will advance to USASA Region I competition in April, where they will represent Massachusetts. Congratulations, Safira FC.

#3 Safira Vander Bellettini (Photo credit: Reda Mokhtari)

2022 Schedule and Results:

  • Quarterfinals: Results
    • Broadway Gunners (7) vs Holliston TK FC (0): Broadway advances
    • Needham United (6) vs Middlesex FC (1): Needham advances
    • Safira FC (10+) vs Sporting Club Malden (0): Safira advances
    • WAC (4) vs Connemara United (1): WAC advances
  • Semifinals: 
    • Broadway Gunners (2) vs Needham United (2):  Broadway advances with 5-4 (PKs)
    • Safira (5) vs WAC (2): Safira advances 
  • Finals:  Broadway Gunners(1) vs Safira (3)

Scheduling Reminders:

1. Teams are scheduled by a blind draw that is held by the State Registrar and verified by the Cup Commissioner. 

2. Semifinal and final games will follow the published bracket. Mass Soccer will provide a field for the state finals in National Cup Tournaments. 

3. In the opening rounds of the competition, the team scheduled as home team, must provide a field. 

a)  When scheduling your games, keep in mind that: 

• Saturday games must kickoff at 10am or later. 

• Sunday games must kickoff at noon or later. 

• For games starting at 3pm or later, the field must have lights. 

• Consent from your opponent is needed for games kicking off after 6pm. 

• Mid-week games are welcomed and encouraged if both teams agree. 

b) Home team must confirm the game details to the Commissioners no less than 7 days prior to the scheduled game date. 

Mass Soccer State Cup Rules

Massachusetts State Cup Rules

It is the responsibility of all competing team to please review.

USASA Mengel 030 Cup General Information

USASA’s Over-30 Cup Competition is named for Gerhard Mengel, a former National Cup Commissioner. Annually, Mass Soccer  organizes a qualifier tournament to get a state champion which will represent Massachusetts in USASA Region 1 competition in late April- Early March, with Region I finals typically held in early June.

The USASA Region 1 champion will advance to compete in the Tournament of Champions in August.

Mass Soccer supports our state champion team with either travel or hosting stipends.

Mengel State Past Champions & Tournament Results

2022-2023 Champions: Safira FC

2021 - 2022 Champions: Battery Park Gunners HIGHLIGHTS

2019 - 2021 Finalists: Safira & Battery Park Gunners HIGHLIGHTS

*2020 Final canceled due to COVID*

2018 - 2019 Champions: Warehouse Gunner - HIGHLIGHTS 

2017 - 2018 Champions: Warehouse Gunners - HIGHLIGHTS

2016 - 2017 Champions: Kel Kau - HIGHLIGHTS