Tenth Site Added to Regionals
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – US Club Soccer added Denver as the 10th hosting site for the 2009 National Cup VIII Regionals to be held in June.
The organization also finalized the plans for another hosting site, Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Regional, being hosted by one of the country's elite clubs - the Dallas Texans - will take place at the Ross Stewart Soccer Complex in the city's Farmers Branch area. The Texans' complex boasts a fully-functional clubhouse and six Bermuda grass fields, all of which are lighted. Additional nearby facilities will also be utilized as necessary.
"The Dallas Texans are excited to host this first US Club Soccer event at our home," said Hassan Nazari, the club's founder/director. "We designed and built the Ross Stewart Soccer Complex as a world-class facility exactly for major events like the US Club Soccer National Cup. Combining our facility with the convenient hotels, beautiful city parks and other amenities of Farmers Branch provides perhaps the finest soccer experience in the country."
The well-respected Colorado Storm will serve as the host club for the new Denver Regional, which will also be held June 13-16. Games will be played at the Gates Soccer Complex in Englewood, located southeast of downtown Denver. The $1.4-million facility includes 13 natural grass playing fields.
"The Colorado Storm is thrilled to host a US Club Soccer regional tournament at our facility," said Storm President Jim Morrison. "We look forward to a fantastic event."
The addition of Denver as a regional location marks a one-site increase from 2008, when nine National Cup VII Regionals were staged at facilities across the United States. Furthermore, the Modesto, Calif., and Pittsgrove, N.J., Regionals are once again being split into separate boys' and girls' events on consecutive weeks.
"US Club Soccer is excited to partner with such quality clubs as the Dallas Texans and Colorado Storm," US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage said. "We are glad we are able to stay in Dallas while also bringing a Regional to a new part of the country. Teams from Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah can hopefully drive to the Denver Regional rather than fly to the West Coast, as has been required in the past."
In 2009, 10 cities will host National Cup VIII Regionals, from which winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups will advance to the National Cup VIII Finals. U-11 and U-12 squads earn regional championships, but do not advance to the National Cup Finals.
Teams are now able to apply for the National Cup VIII Regionals and also the National Collegiate Showcase. Links to the specific applications are available at the National Cup VIII web page.
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