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Soccer focus hits CMC-Spring Valley

Dale Strode

International soccer’s attention may be moving to the World Cup, but the local soccer focus is squarely on CMC-Spring Valley this weekend.

The local festival of youth soccer, the annual Glenwood Springs Invitational, will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 46 youth soccer teams from throughout Colorado will participate in the weekend tournament, scheduled for the multi-field complex of Gates Soccer Park on the Spring Valley campus of Colorado Mountain College.

The Glenwood Springs Soccer Club will host the event again this year

Tournament divisions will include U12 girls, U12 boys, U14 girls and U14 boys.

And teams are entered from all over Colorado, including squads from Denver, Boulder, Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Centennial, Aurora, Vail, Basalt, Longmont, Aspen, Littleton, New Castle, Broomfield, Wheatridge, Hotchkiss, Carbondale and, of course, Glenwood Springs.

Generally, matches will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. They will continue throughout the day and into the evening.

On Sunday, matches will resume at 7:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Most of the championship matches will be played on Sunday afternoon.

Pool play will determine the championship bracket teams.

In the U12 girls division, host Glenwood Springs Ice will play in Pool AA along with the Colorado Edge Mustangs, Boulder Force White and Grand Mesa Fire.

Pool AB will feature the Basalt Icy Chicks, Grand Mesa Blue, Colorado Storm and Steamboat Springs.

In the U12 boys division, three pools are planned. In Pool BC, the Glenwood Springs Ice will go against the Pride Huskies, Colorado Extreme Force and Aurora Sting Blue.

Pool BA for the U12 boys will include Pikes Peak Summit, Real Colorado Red, Nova Silver and the Basalt Firemen.

Pool BB for U12 boys will feature the Fort Collins Arsenal White, Grand Mesa Fire Blue, Centennial Psychos and Vail Crush.

The U14 girls division will feature four different pools and a total 17 different club teams.

Host Glenwood Springs Ice will play in Pool DA with the Denver Dragonflies, Colorado Extreme Impact and the Broomfield White Blast.

The Pool DB group will include the Basalt Roxie Chix, Steamboat Strikers, Wheatridge Lightning and Boulder Force Black.

Pool DC will include Aspen United, Hotchkiss North Fork, Boulder Force White and Longmont Stealth.

And Pool DD for the U14 girls will feature the Carbondale Storm, Littleton United, Vail Crush and Westminster Red Lions.

The U14 boys group for the weekend tournament will feature 10 teams in two pools.

Host Glenwood Springs Ice will play in Pool CA with the Longmont Stealth, Aurora Sting Black, Aspen United and Vail Crush.

Pool CB for the U14 boys will include New Castle United, Basalt Rapids, Nova Silver, Grand Mesa Fire and Littleton United Red.

The public is invited to the weekend of youth soccer at CMC-Spring Valley. A concession stand will provide food during the course of the youth soccer tourney.


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