REDMOND — The Wenatchee FC sent three teams to the National Cup XVIII Regional tournament at 60 Acres in Redmond last weekend, trying to qualify for the National Tournament in Colorado.
Last year, the Wenatchee Boys U13 qualified for the National Tournament in San Diego by virtue of winning the top division in the Washington National Premier League in the fall.
This year, the Boys 2003 team, coached by Anton McCourtie, did not win the top division in the fall league, which carried an automatic bid to the national tournament. Instead, the boys had to go to the National Cup XVIII Regional tournament in order to qualify for the national tournament.
In their first game last Friday, they tied FPSC 2-2. In the second game last Saturday, the boys beat Lake Washington Premier FC 2-0. In the finals on Monday, they lost 3-0 to Oregon United FC. Only the winner makes the national tournament.
“It was a good first tournament for the summer for us,” said Josten Garalde, technical director for Wenatchee FC Youth. “The competition was good all around. The team we faced [in the final] did well. They had no loses. I hope they perform well at nationals in Colorado. The other [Wenatchee FC] teams struggled a bit. It was definitely a tougher tournament for our club all around.”
The other Wenatchee FC teams competing included the Boys 2005 team and the Girls 2002 team.
The Boys 2005 team, coached by Neil Oyston, lost their first game on Friday to Eclipse FC 5-2. On Saturday, they lost to Crossfire Premier 3-0. On Sunday, they beat the Central Washington Sounders 1-0.
The Girls 2002 team, also coached by Oyston, had two ties and one loss.
“We had a good mix of players from Leavenworth, Cashmere, and Wenatchee. They did not get any wins. They had a tougher time in the tournament. We had a mix of our 2004 and 2002 girls.
It was a good mix of players who will be playing in high school next season,” Garalde said.
Next up for the Wenatchee FC is the Crossfire Collegiate Showcase on July 12-14, also at the 60 Acres in Redmond. Garalde said it is one of the top tournaments in the country for anyone that wants to be scouted by colleges.
“We try to put our top teams in there. So our same teams that just competed in regionals will be there for the Collegiate Showcase,” Garalde said. “It’s a chance for any of the local colleges to look at players. It’s a good opportunity for the players that want to consider college. It’s a great opportunity for them to get scouted.”