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Tualatin Nomads triumph at U11 soccer tournament

SALEM - The U-11 Tualatin Nomads, a Tualatin Soccer Club Classic boys team, has found success in its first year, including a title-winning effort at a tournament held July 28-30.

The Nomads earned their second championship in three tournaments, winning their division in the CFC (Cascade Futbol Club) Waterfront Soccer Tournament held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Salem.

Tualatin beat the Vancouver Timbers 4-1 in the championship game.

The Nomads are the Tualatin Soccer Club's first Classic (competitive) team

'Tualatin didn't have a Classic program, so we decided to start a more grass-roots team in the area,' Nomads' coach Art Faro said. 'We wanted to try something on a smaller scale and focus on one team.'

The Nomads begin play in the qualifying tournaments for the fall season this weekend. The top-2 teams advance to a tournament the following weekend to determine qualifying for the premiere league, the highest level of play.

'They're a good group of boys,' Faro said. 'They haven't been together too long. We're just starting out and feeling things out and it's been working out well so far.'

Members of the Nomads include Cory Barba, Chris Beltrone, Harry England, Brandon Faro, Louis Germain, Robert Henderson, Zephania Hollins, Faaiz Jappie, Yong Kim, Christopher Michaelson, Harrison Reece, Jake Romero, Jasper Samatowic, Merick Sanders, Brooks Yeager and Ty Peacock.

Faro and Darren England are the team's head coaches while Miguel Romero is an assistant coach.