Success on the pitch and charity work mark the Storm's trip to Mexico
First, the Westside Metros Storm boys soccer team blew through the Northwest Regional tournament hosted by Southside Soccer Club.
Then, the Storm blew into Mexico and won its Group in the Mexicana Airline-sponsored Torneo Mexicana, held July 18-24, before falling short of reaching the round robin finals.
And finally, the Storm did a fair bit of charity work before blowing back out of town to Oregon.
The Storm, a team built primarily of players ages 15-19 from the west Portland area, made its presence felt at the Torneo Mexicana, winning its group against a field populated by regional champions from 15 U.S. Cities where Mexicana provides airline service, including Baltimore, Bakersfield, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Sacramento, San Antonio, Dallas, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Portland.
In addition to playing regional winners from San Jose and Sacramento at the Torneo Mexicana, the Storm had the opportunity to play an international exhibition match against the UAG Tecos 2nd division team from Guadalajara.
After winning Group A, the Storm lost to the Group B champions from San Bernardino, Calif., and missed a berth in the round robin finals July 22; finals teams were Dallas, Miami and San Bernardino.
In addition to competing in the tournament, Pat Kostol (the mother of Storm player Brian Kostol) organized a clothing drive for Desarrollo Integral de la Familia Guadalajara, which provides clothing and other services to needy families in the Guadalajara area. The team was able to bring five large duffel bags of clothing down to donate to the charity.
Team members included Zachary Bradford, Renatto Brito, Adrian Buturoaga, Aden Farina-Henry, Scott Gardner,
Kevin Hall, Abraham Ichinoe, Bent Jensen Jr., Brian Kostol, Michael Parker, Reid Phillips, Sean Pullin, Brian Rowe, Andrew Schroeder, Casey Weber, Reid Wilson, Justin Woodward, head coach John Bain, assistant Monty Hawkins and manager Tim Bradford.