Oregon Youth Soccer September 2015

Oregon Teams, Refs Excel at Far West Regionals

Mid-late June each year is an exciting time for all Region IV teams that have qualified for the Far West Regional Championships. It is the time when they head over to play the best teams from the other 13 state associations in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. The tournament itself has 248 boys and girls teams from U12 to U19. Of those 248 teams, 17 were from Oregon.

Region IV state associations include Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, along with us.

This year Boise, Idaho, was the host city and they put on a fantastic tournament at the Simplot Sports Complex.

“It is always exciting to begin planning future US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, and part of that initial planning is choosing the best possible host city for each of our four Regional Championships,” said John Sutter, President of US Youth Soccer. “Idaho was a great host for the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, and we look forward to working with them again in 2015 for an even better tournament.”

The round-robin portion took place over the first three days (June 20-22, followed by a day off before the quarterfinals (June 24), semis (June 25) and finals (June 26).

Oregon teams fared well in some tough brackets, and we were able to see some fantastic games throughout the group stages. While we didn’t advance any team to the final game in the respective brackets, we had seven of our age groups progress to the knockout stage, and four of those teams came within just a few goals of making it to the championship round.

THE FOLLOWING TEAMS MADE IT TO THE QUARTER-FINAL ROUND:

• U13 Girls – Capital FC Timbers 2001 Red (lost 2-0 to Eagles SC, from Cal South)
• U15 Boys – Capital FC Timbers 99 Red (lost 2-0 to Soreno West 00 Chelsea, from Arizona)
• U18 Boys – Westside Timbers 96 Copa (lost 4-1 to FC Golden State White, from Cal South)
• U19 Boys – Westside Timbers 95 Copa (lost to defending National Champs, Santa Barbara SC White, from Cal    South, 3-2 on penalties)

IN ADDITION, THREE MORE TEAMS MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS:

• U12 Boys – Eastside Timbers Chelsea (lost 1-0 to Seattle United 02 Copa, from Washington)
• U13 Boys – Westside Timbers 01 Copa (lost 1-0 to Pateadores LA 01, from Cal South)
• U17 Girls – Eugene Timbers FC Roma (lost 6-0 to Legends FC 97, from Cal South)

A full list of results, by age group, can be viewed by clicking here.

In addition to our Oregon teams competing on the field, we took a large contingent of Oregon-based officials to the tournament. Our 14 officials were called up based on their performances and experience level, and it was great to see them involved with the games. Those officials were Bennett Savage, Ian Miller, Alex Robles, Arron Scott, Robert Reynolds, Jared Pletz, Adam Mitchell, Eric Krueger, Scott McDowell, Stephanie Tercero, Ian Brennan, Jamie MacRitchie, Riley Hooper, and Paul Woodhead.

We were able to take a lot of photos while we were there and put some of the best ones in a short video recap. That can be seen here. We were also able to chat with Crossfire Oregon 97 Green coach Stewart Boniface after his team’s 3-2 win against Scottsdale. Stewart’s interview can been seen here.

Congratulations to all 17 teams for being a part of the Region IV Championships and we look forward to continued success this year.