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April 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Top youth soccer teams in Pacific Northwest drawn to new tournament (press release)

New Local Tournament Draws Region’s Top Youth Soccer Teams
Event will showcase region’s most talented youth for college, National coaches
FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON (Thurs., Apr. 28) – Washington Youth Soccer today announced the details of a new soccer tournament, the 2010 Northwest Territories Invitational, that will draw some of the top competitive soccer teams from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Canada to Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, May 22-23.
Clubs confirmed as attending the event include some of the most accomplished in the nation:

Club                               Location
Sounders FC/ODP                    Statewide team
BC Provincial Teams                British Columbia, Canada
Les Bois Soccer Club               Boise, Idaho
San Juan Soccer Club               Sacramento, Calif.
FC Portland                        Portland, Ore.
Lake Oswego Soccer Club            Lake Oswego, Ore.
Westside Metros                    Portland, Ore.
Boise Nationals                    Boise, Idaho
Calgary Foothills                  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Washington Youth Soccer will be represented by its Sounders FC/Olympic Development Program squad, the result of a unique partnership between the region’s largest youth soccer organization and its pre-eminent professional soccer franchise. Players on the Sounders FC/ODP teams train with the top state and Sounders FC youth coaches at one of Washington’s six Regional Training Centers, or RTCs, created in 2009 by Washington Youth Soccer and Sounders FC to develop the best players in the state for regional, national and professional competition.
In addition to offering the Washington’s Sounders FC/ODP team and their regional rivals the opportunity to enjoy high-level competition against other elite youth soccer teams, the Northwest Territories Invitational will serve as a showcase for college and National-level coaches, many of whom are expected to be in attendance.
“We’ve structured this event first and foremost to provide a strong competitive atmosphere for our teams, but also to provide a showcase for our top players, many of whom have goals of continuing their playing careers beyond the local and state youth levels,” says Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer’s Technical Director. “With so many talented young players on one field, it’s going to be a great opportunity for the players to show their quality, and for fans of the game of soccer to see some of the most exciting young players and teams in action.”
“It’s rare to be able to draw so many top teams from across the entire region to a new event such as this one, but it’s a testament to the quality of play in our region, and the mutual respect clubs in our region have for each other.”
For more information about the Northwest Territories Invitational, or any Washington Youth Soccer program, visit washingtonyouthsoccer.org, or contact Washington Youth Soccer at (253) 476-2237.
About Washington Youth Soccer
Washington Youth Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in Washington. Washington Youth Soccer is the state’s affiliate for US Youth Soccer, which is the largest sports organization in the United States and the most populous member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. The Washington Youth Soccer is the sixth largest membership in the nation; our organization represents over 128,000 players (ages 4-19) and their families, 15,000 coaches on 12,000 teams and 6,500 referees in the state of Washington. Washington Youth Soccer’s mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.

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