International “Friendly” Games Tonight at Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex
The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase is back for the 10th year as the largest international youth soccer tournament in the country during Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 18-20. The annual showcase expects 578* youth soccer teams, ages to 11-19, from 11 foreign countries and 27 U.S. states to compete on 60 Las Vegas valley fields at 10 different parks. The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club (DLVSC), and is expected to bring about $23 million into the local economy, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor. The showcase is expecting about 400 college soccer coaches and recruiters from across the country to scout the young athletes. Spectator admission and parking are free at all games. Parking is limited; carpooling and public transportation is recommended. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating.
International “friendly” games are scheduled tonight, Feb. 16, at Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex, located at 7901 W. Washington Ave., on fields 1-5. The 6 p.m. schedule includes:
KZ #1 Calgary Foothills 04DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. DLVSC 03 Girls Academy *Girls 13
KZ #2 Calgary Foothills 02DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. DLVSC 01 Girls Academy *Girls 15
KZ #4 Calgary Foothills 05DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. DLVSC 04 Girls Academy *Girls 12
KZ #5 Calgary Foothills 03DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. DLVSC 02 Boys Rapids *Boys 14
The following matches will begin at 7:30 p.m.:
KZ #1 Calgary Foothills 99DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. Caboto Strikers (Ontario, Canada) *Girls 19
KZ #2 Calgary Foothills 01DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. Alaska Rush *Girls 16
KZ #3 Berea-Albion Cougars (South Africa) vs. DLVSC 99 Boys Academy *Boys 19
KZ #4 Calgary Foothills 04DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. Alaska Fairbanks *Boys 13/14
KZ #5 Calgary Foothills 02DA (Alberta, Canada) vs. DLVSC 02 Boys Academy *Boys 15
Tournament matches will be played from 8 a.m. on artificial turf fields, and 10 a.m. on grass fields, to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Matches will be played 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday. Teams are guaranteed four games. Championship games will be played on Monday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave., starting at 11:30 a.m. Medals and trophies will be presented to winning teams following each championship game, expected to be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other members of the City Council will present awards beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.
The champions of U-16 boys Generation Division will win training with Real Madrid C.F., paid for by Generation Adidas International. For more information on this prize, go online to http://generationadidasinternational.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams are expected from Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, United Kingdom and 27 U.S. states. Teams are coming from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Credentials check for traveling teams will be held Friday, Feb. 17, 5-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. (Youth do not attend credentials check.)
Event partners include Chapman Auto Group, Generation Adidas International, Rotary International Clubs of Las Vegas, Buca di Beppo, Raising Cane’s, Southern Nevada Consular Corporation, Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club and the city of Las Vegas.
For information on accepted teams, player profiles, college coaches expected to attend, tournament schedules and program, participating hotels and more, go online to www.LVMayorsCup.com or call 702-258-0279. Updated information and results will be posted there as they are finalized.
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*578 teams is the largest registration in the history of the event.