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  • National Soccer Tournament coming to the area

  • An estimated 30 youth teams are expected at Turner Soccer Park in Linn Creek for the 2014 Kohl’s American Cup Soccer Tournament being held on June 14-15.
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  • An estimated 30 youth teams are expected at Turner Soccer Park in Linn Creek for the 2014 Kohl’s American Cup Soccer Tournament being held on June 14-15.
    The Lake of the Ozarks Soccer Association (LOSA) is hosting the event, which is a first for the lake area.
    Justin Farrell, president of LOSA, said the United States Youth Soccer Association-sanctioned co-ed tournament will include three divisions, and hopes for 10 teams in each division from around the state for the two-day round-robin event. Divisions are Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14.
    “This is purely a recreational tournament,” he explained. “The competition level is just below the Show Me State Games, which is at the same level of play for many of the rec programs across the state like ours.”
    There can be all-girls teams, all-boys teams or co-ed teams.
    Between 12 and 14 teams are expected from other areas of the state. Farrell hopes to make this an annual event for Linn Creek and the lake area.
    Most tournaments across the state are club tournaments, and the fees associated with them start at $500. Entry fee for the Kohl’s American Cup is $250 per team for Missouri Youth Soccer Association teams, or $300 if non-members (includes MYSA registration).
    Each team will play three games during the two-day tournament, and the winner’s will be decided based on the round robin point scale.
    “This is a great opportunity for us, our local businesses and for the entire community,” Farrell said. “We are hoping to see a very positive economic impact from this tournament. We have heard form sources informing us of hotel rooms being booked and we are certainly hoping that the tournament participants and their families will take the time to explore our area, such as restaurants, shopping and all that we have to offer here at the Lake.”
    The Tri-County Lodging Association stepped in with funds for equipment and promotion to help host the tournament.
    In addition to the soccer games, Kohl’s corporate will have interactive events for kids of all ages, and the local Kohl’s store will be providing volunteers with some of their employee’s.
    In recent years, LOSA has made many improvements to their facility, thanks to all of their sponsors, which include: installation of a new six-foot perimeter fence, new well house, expansion of the irrigation system, upgraded the fields, purchased new goals and nets and volunteers maintain the 30-acre facility. LOSA has provided between 40 and 50 scholarships for less fortunate youth and tries to never refuse a child due to financial hardships.
    LOSA is funded from dues, banner scholarships, team sponsorships, fund raising, concessions, donations and volunteers.
    Page 2 of 2 - As a bonus, Denny Vanniger, head of coaching for MYSA and a former player for the United States soccer team, will be on hand to help guide LOSA with running the tournament and to work with some of the kids to help improve their game.
    For more information, check www.losa.org or email Farrell from the website.
     
    About the Kohl’s Cup
    The Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup provides recreational youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere.
    It fosters stimulation and excitement about soccer in an effort to increase the recreational players' interest in and love for the game.
    The Kohl's American Cup philosophy rests in granting all players equal opportunities and benefits within their level of play in the sport of soccer. The Kohl's American Cup format provides recreational players with a developmental opportunity by emphasizing participation, as opposed to competition in a family centered environment. The Kohl's American Cup is a unique tournament in that it is only open to recreational players.
     

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