Breckenridge soccer tourney begins today |

Breckenridge soccer tourney begins today

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When Kim McGahey first moved to Summit County, he was eager to continue one of his passions – soccer. But in order for him and his new teammates in Breck to be able to afford league fees, they needed some source of revenue.

That’s when McGahey helped start the Breckenridge Soccer Tournament.

Starting today, Kingdom Park in Breck will host the 30th edition of the tourney.

“I can’t believe it’s been that long,” McGahey said with a laugh.

Eight teams from Colorado and Utah – including the Breckenridge Soccer Club – will duke it out in this year’s tourney, all hoping to claim the title in one of the longest-running soccer tournaments in the state. Most of the clubs competing hail from the Front Range, with the Denver Kickers highlighting the field.

The home team will be looking for its first title in the tourney in about a decade, McGahey said, as teams in recent years have, to borrow a soccer term, “sent it just wide.”

“The lads are really pumped up this year,” McGahey said. “We have a good group of talented players, and the team is gelling together nicely. They just need to do it on Saturday and Sunday, and they could be in the championship.”

Though McGahey considers himself a “player emeritus” these days, his youngest son, Grant, will be caring on the family tradition, as he starts at halfback for Breck. His older son, Conor, will help officiate the tournament.

“I definitely have a family interest as well as a love of the sport,” McGahey said. “That keeps me out there.”

All games are played at Kingdom Park, and the Breck team plays twice today at 9:50 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. The home club plays again Sunday at 11 a.m. with hopes of making Sunday’s 2 p.m. title game.

The entry fees for the tournament help fund the Breckenridge Soccer Club, which uses the proceeds for league fees.

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