Colorado Mountain Cup bigger than ever
For soccer fans and players, the place to be this weekend is Gates Soccer Fields on the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley campus.
The Colorado Mountain Cup adult soccer tournament is back for another go and it’s bigger than ever before with 28 men’s, women’s and coed squads.
“It definitely is the largest mountain tournament and we’re drawing more Eastern Slope teams than any other (Western Slope) tournament,” said organizer Steve White, who is also the head coach for the CMC men’s and women’s soccer teams. “It’s one of the few tournaments sanctioned tournaments for all the divisions – men, women and coed.”
While the event does draw significant talent from the Denver area, there are also a number of area teams that could compete for the tournament title.
In the eight-team men’s gold division the Roaring Fork Soccer Club and the Liga de Carbondale are among the favorites, but should be tested by Saprissa out of Denver and Pepi’s Soccer Club of Vail.
The four-team men’s silver division features a squad made up of current and former area soccer standouts in D la Colonia. Glenwood Springs High School’s leading scorer from last season, Ross Smith, along with goalie Buster Bosna, are both members of D la Colonia. The Three Generations team boasts players from three generations of the Del Piccolo family of Basalt as well as a number of Front Range players.
Glenwood United is the only area team currently registered in eight- team coed division.
There are no local squads in the two four-team women’s divisions, but the rivalry may be hottest in this part of the tourney.
In the women’s open, Attitude has a healthy rivalry with both FC Littleton and the Vail Soccer Club, according to White. Attitudes, which is managed by former Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer assistant coach Robin VerSchneider, faces Littleton in the tournament opener at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Vail at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The teams in each division play three pool games for points (two on Saturday, one on Sunday). The four-team divisions play third-place game and championship games on Sunday, while the eight-team divisions have semifinal and championship games on Sunday.
Action starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The women’s over-25 championship game is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday, while all other title games are at 3:30 p.m.
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