Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Soccer Tourney Offers Friendly Fun, Club Championship

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Soccer Tourney Offers Friendly Fun, Club Championship

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The first St. Louis Friendship Cup Girls Soccer Tournament last year produced nothing but positive results. So now it's time for a second go-around.

The second Friendship Cup will be held this weekend. The tournament, hosted by the Wings Soccer Club of St. Charles, will kick off today at 12:30 p.m. Action begins 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 7:45 a.m. on Sunday. Most games will be played at the Mueller Park Complex, but Lindenwood College will play host to the Under-16 and Under-17 competition.

The format of the Friendship Cup is a little different. Instead of playing for individual championships, soccer clubs with teams from Under-11 through Under-17 compete for a club championship.

"It's a club-oriented tournament. And if a club doesn't have a team in a particular age group, we ask that they find a team from their area to fill that spot," tournament director Randy Dawson said. "We invited the top two out-of-town finishers and the top two local finishers from last year and then filled in from there. We're really excited about the teams we have coming in."

Defending champion Cardinal Soccer Club of Cincinnati is back along with Top Hat Soccer Club of Atlanta and St. Louis area powers J.B. Marine and Busch. The Wings have also invited Braddock Road (Va.) Soccer Club, Cisco Soccer Club of Phoenix and Gladiators Soccer Club of Omaha.

"Braddock Road is from the Washington, D.C., area and they're usually one of the top teams in the WAGS (Washington Area Girls Soccer) Tournament, the biggest girls soccer tournament in the United States," Dawson said. "That a top team like that would be interested in coming here is a real tribute to the Friendship Cup.

"I think the teams involved like the format and they love the competition. Our central location helps and so does having national programs like J.B. Marine and Busch here. In this tournament, each team is guaranteed six games against top-quality competition."

And Dawson has already heard from teams interested in the 1995 Friendship Cup.

"The Houston Challenge, the best team in Texas, contacted us about two weeks after we'd filled this year's tournament field," he said. "And we've also had a team from Michigan and a team from Canada express some interest. …

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