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LOSC team ready to make trip to England

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The Lake Oswego Soccer Club team, the Cosmos, will travel to play in the Bristol Cup later on this month.

A Lake Oswego Soccer Club team will make a little bit of history in the next few weeks.

The Cosmos will be traveling across the pond to compete in the Bristol Cup in England. And, in doing so, they will be the first American team to compete in the tournament.

Not only will the group of Lake Oswego boys play against some of Europe's top youth teams, as squads from England, Germany, Denmark and a variety of other countries will be in attendance, they will spend a week training with them as well.

The trip has been in the works for nearly a year.

Jeff Robinson, who works with the team and has a relationship with the academy in Bristol helped coordinate the event.

'It's something we wanted to do to make the LOSC more attractive,' Robinson said.

Thirteen players will make the trip and will stay in cabins in Bristol.

The team will participate in a week of training and be coached by England's Jamie Shore.

Also during that time, the team will participate in three friendly games with international teams and will play against and with players from other countries.

'The theme for the tournament is friendship through football. It's an opportunity to have a great soccer experience, and see some of the sights,' Robinson said.

After the week of training, the team will play in a weekend tournament.

The other teams in the tournament are expected to be extremely competitive but the emphasis is not on winning and losing.

'It's a tough tournament but it's a very positive experience,' Robinson said.

Since the Cosmos found out about the opportunity, they have been raising money and finding sponsors to make the trip possible.

The team has held auctions, dinners and raffles and is still seeking contributions to make up the deficit.

Robinson hopes that this is a stepping stone to a long-standing relationship with youth club teams in England.

'We're trying to set up for the future and hopefully bring a team over here next year and then take another team back to England the following year,' Robinson said.

The Cosmos will leave on June 23 and will exchange gifts with the opposing European teams.

'The parents and the community have been great in making this happen,' Robinson said.

This year, the Cosmos finished in third place in the State Cup.