Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Three clubs do well for Tri-Cities, Central Washington at USCS NW Regionals

Part 1 of a three-part series recapping the performance of Inland Northwest clubs from Washington at the US Club Soccer Northwest Regional tournament held June 23-26 in Seattle. For an overall look at the event and links to other two parts, click here. 

This section covers Three Rivers SC, Wenatchee Fire and Central Washington Soccer Academy.

Three Rivers, U12G Premier Finalist

The Tri-Cities club sent the third most teams to the US Club Soccer tournament from the Inland Northwest with five entries, trailing six from Magic City SC (Billings, MT) and the 16 Spokane Shadow teams. Two of the five would advance from group play, including one trip to a final.

The club’s youngest side was its most successful, reaching the U12G Premier championship game after finishing 3-0-0 in cross-group play against three teams from the greater-Portland region. They started things off with a 3-0 victory against FC Portland and earned another shutout, 1-0, against the Westside Timbers (Beaverton, OR) in the second contest. Salmon Creek FC (Vancouver, WA) was the first to register a goal as Three Rivers captured a 2-1 victory. Despite the loss, Salmon Creek advanced with a 2-1 victory, creating an immediate rematch for the title. This time the fellow Columbia River club got the better of the match-up, reversing the scoreline to take home the championship.

Also winning their group was the U14G Premier entry, finishing with a matching 3-0-0 record. They started things off with a dominant 7-0 victory over Magic City and came out on top in a 4-3 thriller against the Spokane Foxes in the second match before winning low scoring 1-0 squeaker against Southside Soccer Club (Portland). The run came to an end with a 3-1 semifinal loss to eventual champion Washington Crossfire.

The club’s other three entries were U14B Super (1-0-2, second in group), U16G Super (1-2-0, third in group) and U17G Super (0-2-1, last in group).


The Yakima area club’s lone entry found outstanding success in the U15G Premier bracket, sweeping the cross-group play for a 3-0-0 record and reaching the final. CWSA started things off with an eye-opening 8-1 result against the Spokane Shadow and posted another big win, 5-0, against Magic City in the second outing. They topped Emerald City (Seattle), 4-1, to ensure advancement to the semifinals where they blanked FC Spokane 2-0 to reach the final. In a stunning reversal, the Shadow had rebounded from its opening game loss to reach the final, and avenged the defeat with a shocking 1-0 victory to claim the title in the rematch.


The club sent two sides to the tournament, but found limited success in the U13B Premier and U15B Super brackets.

The U13 side got off to a rough start in cross-group play with a 4-1 loss to Magic City. They rebounded, however, to post their biggest result of the event in the following match, handing eventual champion Cook Inlet SC (Anchorage, AK) its only loss of the tournament, 2-1. A 3-3 draw against the Spokane Shadow in the third contest, however, prevented the team from having a chance to advance via tiebreakers as they finished 1-1-1.

The U15 side would finish last in its group with a 1-2-0 record, dropping its match against eventual finalist Snohomish United (WA), 2-1.

For more information: USCS Tournament Page