Washington’s Sounders FC/Olympic Development Team Hosts Marquee Event
First-annual Northwest Territories Invitational a huge success
FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON (Mon., May 24) – Washington Youth Soccer’s top youth development teams hosted the region’s elite squads last weekend at the first-annual Northwest Territories Invitational, a showcase event for the top youth players and teams from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Canada.
The two-day event at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, May 22-23, was a huge success, says Darren Sawatzky, Sounders FC/Washington Youth Soccer Director of Youth Development. Major sponsors including Seattle Children’s Hospital and Volkswagen supported the event, which gave the region’s best players the chance to compete against other elite teams, and showcase their skills for college coaches and scouts.
“For this first-year event, we are very happy with the level of competition as well as the professional manner that each participating club operated with,” Sawatzky said. “We will look to evolve the competition for the future to meet the development needs of the players and to service the elite youth soccer community at the highest level.”
The Invitational — the first of its kind in the Northwest — matched up nine different teams from four different states and two Canadian provinces. Each team participated in three games, which were played before an audience of soccer fans, college coaches and scouts eager to take advantage of the opportunity to see so many of the region’s top players on the same field.
In addition to interstate games, the Washington Youth Soccer/Sounders FC Olympic Development Program’s “A” and “B” squads in the 1997 age group competed for the chance to represent the state’s premier development program at Regional Camp later this year.
The Northwest Territories Invitational will be an annual event for Washington Youth Soccer and we look forward to years of quality development and competition, Washington Youth Soccer and Sounders FC would like to thank each of the participating clubs for their commitment to traveling to Washington for the competition.
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
For more information about the Northwest Territories Invitational, including full results of all games played, visit washingtonyouthsoccer.org.
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.