Big soccer tournament makes return to Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Whatever team winds up winning the Mt. Sopris Cup soccer tournament will have one heck of a trophy they’ll be in the running for.
The Tres Copas Cup, a crystal trophy with a marble base on it, will go to the winner of the Colorado Mountain Soccer Tournament Series. It’s a three-tournament series that spans all the way into February 2016 with the Red Mountain Cup tournament, which is preceded by the Colorado Mountain Cup that runs from Oct. 9-11.
Before all of that, however, is the Mt. Sopris Cup tournament, which will take place from July 17-19 at Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus. It’s a tournament that’ll not only draw some top local teams, but it has already drawn some top-level men’s soccer teams from around the country.
“I just got a call from the defending tournament champions,” said tournament director Steve White, who spoke of the team Marissa of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “They told me, ‘We’re coming back, and we’re bringing more teams with us.’ That was an awesome thing to hear.”
Last year was the first year of the three-tier tournament, which White started and directed at the request of city officials in their hopes of bringing more out-of-town visitors to Glenwood Springs.
White admitted that last year’s Mt. Sopris Cup, which drew eight men’s soccer teams that traveled from inside and outside of Colorado to make it to the event, had a respectable turnout in its inaugural season.
White is hoping to build on that, and then some, this year. There will be an eight-team Men’s Gold Division for the upper-tier teams, and eight-team Men’s Silver Division for the average-level squads, and a four-team Women’s Open Division. White also said that along with the New Mexico-based teams, he received a registration form from a team in Amarillo, Texas, this week.
“Word is spreading throughout the adult soccer community,” White said.
All participants must be at least 16 years old to play, per the Colorado Soccer Association’s age rule. Cost per team is $350 to play in the Silver Division and $400 to play in the Gold Division. Winners of the Mt. Sopris Cup, along with the Red Mountain and Colorado Mountain cup tournaments, win the Tres Copas Cup trophy.
More information can be found by calling White at 970-379-7192, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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