LOSC ready to host 300 teams in 8th annual Oswego Nike Cup
Nearly 300 club soccer teams will descend on Lake Oswego this weekend for one of the largest tournaments on the West Coast.
The eighth annual Oswego Nike Cup, presented by Umpqua Bank will run this Friday through Sunday featuring scores of local teams and others from all over the northwest.
'It's a fundraiser for us and also really impacts the local economy,' said tournament director Travis Schoonover.
The tournament takes place on 32 fields in Lake Oswego, West Linn and surrounding areas and teams ranging from U10 through U19 will be in attendance.
This year figures to be the largest tournament in its eight-year history.
The goal of the tournament was to bring in high-quality teams for local teams to play without having to travel hundreds of miles.
'A lot of our better teams have to go out of state for tournaments and this brings some of the better teams to us,' Schoonover said.
Over 100 teams from Alaska, Washington, Nevada and Idaho will take on over 40 teams from Lake Oswego and West Linn.
'It's really a lot of fun to get out and watch some of these teams play,' Schoonover said.
Each team is guaranteed at least three games in pool play with championship games being held on Sunday afternoon.
There will also be Gold and Silver divisions for teams of varying competitiveness.
'The competition level is pretty good. We'll have some strong teams here,' Schoonover said.
The Lake Oswego Soccer Club is one of only a handful of Nike Premiere clubs in the country.
'I think having that status definitely helps (bring in quality teams),' Schoonover said.
Games will be played at fields all over Lake Oswego including Luscher Farm, Waluga Jr. High, Waluga Jr. High, both high schools and a variety of elementary schools around the city.