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LO hosts another successful Nike Cup

The annual youth soccer tournament hosted nearly 300 teams once again

Lake Oswego Soccer Club hosted the annual Nike Cup for the 16th year in a row, drawing hundreds of team from all over the region in one of the most highly competitive tournaments of the summer.Lake Oswego Soccer Club hosted another extremely successful and entertaining Nike Cup this past weekend, hosting just shy of 300 teams on every field in the city that could accommodate them as well as others from surrounding communities.

This is the 16th year that the Nike Cup, one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the region, has taken place in Lake Oswego and it is always an impressive spectacle.

Teams from all over the west coast travel for the annual event, which routinely features some of the top young talent in the country.

“This year we had teams from Alaska and Hawaii. Puget Sound Premier League sent down some really strong teams and so did Arsenal from San Diego,” said LOSC Director of Youth Development Travis Schoonover.

It’s not an easy event to pull off as registration begins in February and spots fill up quickly, not to mention hotel rooms in and around Lake Oswego.

“It’s definitely kind of a year-round thing. We really ramp up around the first of the year,” said Schoonover.

For close to eight years now, the tournament has consistently hosted around 300 teams which makes for a tremendous need for workers and volunteers.

The Lake Oswego Soccer Club has routinely had a strong showing at its host event as well. This year, three different U14 girls teams all played in different classifications and each team at least reached the semifinals.

The weather also cooperated this summer as, after some brief rain on Friday morning, cloud cover kept temperatures down.

The tournament is a terrific showcase of the city of Lake Oswego and the tournament’s strong reputation continues to grow.