Tournaments galore across DMV region as fall youth season hits full gear
The fall youth soccer season cranked into gear in earnest over the holiday weekend across the Mid-Atlantic region with several local tournaments, as well as a range of longer trips by a few teams headed to other events across the country.
Close to home, Maryland Rush held their Rush to the Cup tournament at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. and Bowie, Md. hosted the Labor Day Recreational Soccer Classic, a rec tournament for Under-7 through U-12 ages.
Olney Boys and Girls Club welcomed a litany of visiting teams to the OBGC Capital Cup, held in cooperation with Elite Tournaments at a range of venues highlighted by OBGC Park and Covenant Park, and featuring a tie-in with UMBC NCAA action.
Further south in Richmond, Va. and Williamsburg, Va., Virginia Legacy and FC Richmond combined their Williamsburg Cup and the Richmond Cup events into The Virginia Cup for the second year in a row. The tournament was primarily based at the West Creek and Warhill complexes as well as the River City Sportsplex.
And Prince William Soccer, Inc. wrapped up the second weekend of the 14th edition of their Toys For Tots Tournament at two locations in Woodbridge, Va. and Haymarket, Va.
Editor’s note: Thanks to reader Rick for pointing out our oversight regarding the Generation adidas Cup, which gathered the academy teams from MLS clubs D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC at Morven Park in Leesburg, Va. over Labor Day weekend.
The GA Cup games featured high-level competition among players born after 1997 and marks the onset of the 2013-14 season of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which opens across the country on Sept. 7. D.C. United also staged its “D.C. United friendlies” event in conjunction with the tournament, which included 38 teams of various age groups from United partner and affiliate clubs as well as other MLS youth systems.
Here’s a weekend recap provided by dcunited.com, as well as a photo gallery and a brief rundown of Friday’s results from TopDrawer Soccer’s Travis Clark .
Did we miss any noteworthy events? Did your team go further afield to events elsewhere? We want to hear from you! Please share your Labor Day weekend tourney experience in the comments section below.