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Oswego Nike Cup is another huge success

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN  More than 300 teams played in last weekend’s Oswego Nike Club that utilized every field in Lake Oswego. The tournament saw more than 600 games in all.

The Oswego Nike Cup soccer tournament has steadily grown into one of the premier youth tournament on the West Coast if not in the nation.

This year's tournament took place last Friday through Sunday and was the largest in its history.

There were 321 teams in attendance and more than 600 total games were played by squads from Oregon, Washington, California and even Hawaii.

It is a huge undertaking by the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, one that requires almost an entire year's worth of preparation.

"We take about a week at the club to bask in the glory and then it's right back to work," said LOSC president Mark Olen.

This year an open house was held on Thursday evening prior to the tournament and mayor Jack Hoffman was on hand to welcome team coaches and managers.

Every field in the city of Lake Oswego was in use for the event as well as others in Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and Milwaukie and more than 200 officials and linesmen are also utilized over the course of the event.

This year Dick's Sporting Goods also helped out by setting up a registration area for teams in its store.

The tournament has steadily increased in size and in the level of competition. This year some of the premiere clubs from California were in attendance, putting on a show for fans.

"It's a platinum level tournament now. We're definitely on the map," Olen said.

Local clubs also fared well with the LOSC taking home four championships.

The weather also bolstered this year's event which drew thousands of spectators to all corners of the city.

"It went very well. We got a lot of very positive feedback again," Olen said.