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Soccer tournament field wide open

Jason Starr

BRECKENRIDGE – Neither of last year’s finalists will compete in this year’s Breckenridge Soccer Tournament. The Breck Soccer Club – tournament host – hopes that opens the door for it to win the tournament for the first time in about a half decade.

“We have as good a side as we’ve had in the last five years,” said Breckenridge team spokesman and tournament founder Kim McGahey. “So if we show up and do what we can, we can (win).”

Breckenridge is led by captain Justin Turri. John Grecco is goalkeeper. The team has played two tournaments so far this summer – in Grand Junction and Boulder – and it finished in the middle of the pack in each.

Eight teams, seven of which have played in this tournament before, are in the draw. The field will be split into two pools, and the winners of each pool will play in Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. Each team will play two games today and at least one Sunday. Breckenridge plays today at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All games are at Kingdom Park.

Last year, the Servicemaster team from Silverthorne competed, and there was talk that a new Frisco team would enter this year. But neither is in the draw, making Breckenridge the only Summit County entrant.

The other teams are mostly from Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder.

“Sometimes teams disband or aren’t as well organized, and they don’t get it together,” McGahey said.

This is the 23rd year of the tournament. There will be a player party at Downstairs at Eric’s restaurant starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at jstarr@summitdaily.com.


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