Colorado Mtn. Cup drops into town
The Colorado Mountain Cup will spend some time on the valley floor this year.The two-day adult soccer tournament, which starts Saturday, has taken place exclusively on the fields of Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus for the past four years. But this year, it drops into Glenwood Springs and Carbondale Along with a full slate at Gates, games will be at Glenwood Park and, in Carbondale, at River Valley Ranch and the Roaring Fork High School practice field.”We want to introduce the tournament to the community and then invite them to come up to Gates Soccer Park and see the play up there,” said tournament director Steve White, who added that the Carbondale games should be a nice addition for both players and fans to this weekend’s Carbondale Mountain Fair. “We invite the community to come out and enjoy some high-level soccer and have a great day. It should be pretty exciting to watch.”The tournament has become something of a favorite for local squads as well as Front Range teams that “like to get out of the sweltering heat of the city,” White said. The event features 23 teams in four divisions – men’s gold and silver, women’s gold over-25, and women’s open – and a number of squads are using the tournament for a warm-up prior to next weekend’s Vail Invitational and the State Cup, Aug. 14-15 in Boulder.In the women’s open division, the Littleton Fire looks like the team to beat. The Fire, a national tournament qualifier, will join Glenwood Springs United, Vail Soccer Club and Littleton Fury in the division .The women’s gold over-25 division boasts five teams, all from the Denver area.The men’s gold division has the most teams and the largest local representation. The Tokens are coached by Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer coach Bob Guska and feature a number of former and current area prep players. The Pumas, based out of Aspen, are one of the tournament favorites and give fans the opportunity to see Gabe Ramos, who will play for Colorado Mountain College in the fall.Montesillo (Carbondale) and Pepi’s (Vail) represent local talent. Teams from Littleton, Aurora and Boulder will be trying to steal the area squads’ thunder.The men’s silver division is made up entirely of Front Range teams America (Denver), Colorado Commercial Mortgage (Lakewood), Monarchas (Fort Collins) and the Brewer Vets (Denver).Action starts Saturday at 9 a.m. at Glenwood Park and 10:30 a.m. at River Valley Ranch, Gates, and the Roaring Fork High School practice field.Concessions will not be available at the fields, but the Thunder River Market at the Spring Valley turnoff will be open. There is no admission for spectators.Concessions will not be available at the fields, but the Thunder River Market at the Spring Valley turnoff will be open. There is no admission for spectators.
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