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Three MACSA Teams Win Titles at Salt Lake City Tourney

From Herman White

SAN JOSE, Calif. (3-3-07) - Four Futsal teams from the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) in San Jose excelled at the Third Annual Western Regional 2007 President's Day Cup Futsal Tournament in Salt Lake City.

The four competitive teams that represented MACSA included a high school girl's team, a high school boy's team, a U12 boy's team, and a U10 boy's team. All four MACSA Futsal teams went undefeated into the championship round and three MACSA  teams were crowned Western Regional Tournament Champions.

The MACSA teams had a combined record of 16 wins and 1 loss over the three-day weekend. Most of the MACSA teams also led their age groups in the total number of goals for, while also leading with the least amount of goals allowed throughout the tournament weekend.

The lone loss for MACSA was in the championship round when MACSA's high school boy's team played a premier U18 team from Utah Valley. The MACSA high school boy's team which fielded a number of high school boy's that are only freshmen (U15) and sophomores (U16) in high school kept the game close for the first half with the score tied at 0-0.

However, in the second half, the premier U18 team from Utah Valley used their size to overpower MACSA for an eventual win. Before the end of the tournament, the MACSA acronym was well known by players, spectators, coaches and trainers.

The three MACSA tournament championship teams have now qualified for the XXII 2007 National Futsal Championship in Anaheim, California in July. The other teams from MACSA that did not participate in the Western Regional Tournament hope to qualify for the Nationals at the California State Futsal Cup/Norwest Regional Futsal Tournament. Last year, MACSA came away from the 2006 Nationals with six gold medals, making it the best performing Futsal Club in the history of the event.

The MACSA Futsal program is lead by manager, trainer and coach for the older youths and Futsal pioneer and community activist Mario Gonzalez. Assisting Mario with the youth teams is Edwin Luna, a well known staple of the MACSA Futsal program and coach of various MACSA National Team Champions.

During the award ceremony Peter Minenno, President of the Utah Futsal Association, introduced MACSA as the winningist Futsal programs in the United States. Mario Gonzalez credited the success of the MACSA program to the dedicated young men and women of the various Futsal teams, along with the strong parental and community support.

MACSA will be sponsoring their first ever Futsal Tournament in Santa Cruz, Calif., over this coming Memorial Day Weekend. Teams from throughout California, as well as some premier teams from out-of-state are expected to participate.

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