Weekend Soccer Preview: High Stakes at GA Cup & President’s Day Tournament

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Real Salt Lake- Arizona Academy U-16 forward Alex Vedmanikam awaits a pass.

CASA GRANDE, ARIZ.- Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy and Elite teams have another soccer-packed weekend coming up as they compete in the final round of Generation Adidas Cup Qualifying and the SC del Sol President’s Day Tournament, respectively.

After taking the SC del Sol Desert Classic Tournament by storm last week, the RSL-AZ Elite U-16 team will be back on the pitch this weekend to participate in the 37th Annual SC del Sol President’s Day Tournament. Joining them in the tournament will be the RSL-AZ Elite U-18 and U-15 teams.

RSL-AZ teams will be looking to go all the way this year, after RSL-AZ Elite U-17s lost to Next Gen USA in the final of last year’s tournament. The team from New Jersey returned to Grande Sports World again this year for a mini training camp before their President’s Day Tournament campaign.

Over in Carson, California, the RSL-AZ Academy U-15/16 will be participating in the second and final round of the GA Cup Qualifying.

The West Region bracket is shaping up to be a nail-biter, with just four points separating the first and fifth place. RSL, who currently sit in fifth place, will face off against the first place LA Galaxy (1-0-2(2 – PK wins)), the Portland Timbers (1-1-1) and Seattle Sounders (0-2-1) this weekend, and need to finish among the top two spots in order qualify for the Championship Division and compete against international competition in Dallas, TX in March.

As always, follow @GrandeSportsA on Twitter, and don’t miss a single moment of the Elite games this weekend. Also, stay up to date with all of the previous week’s match action by bookmarking Grandesports.com.

February 12, 2016

RSL-AZ Academy U-15/16 – 5:00 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy @StubHub Center

February 13, 2016

RSL- AZ Academy U-15/16 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Portland Timbers @StubHub Center

RSL-AZ Elite U-18 – 8:30 a.m. vs. Forza FC 98 Premier @Reach 11 Sports Complex
RSL-AZ Elite U-18 – 3:30 p.m. vs. ISC Gunner FC @ Reach 11 Sports Complex

RSL-AZ Elite U-16 – 1:45 p.m. vs. Omaha FC @Reach 11 Sports Complex

RSL-AZ Elite U-15 – 8:30 a.m. vs. Colorado Rapids Youth Academy @North Canyon High School
RSL-AZ Elite U-15 – 5:15 p.m. vs. NYSA Celtic @Paradise Valley High School

February 14, 2016

RSL-AZ Academy U-15/16 – 11:00 a.m. vs. Seattle Sounders @StubHub Center

RSL-AZ Elite U-18 – 10:15 a.m. vs. MSB United Strikers @ Reach 11 Sports Complex

RSL-AZ Elite U-16 – 10:15 a.m. vs. East Side FC Red @ Reach 11 Sports Complex
RSL-AZ Elite U-16 – 7:00 p.m. vs. Pride SC Predators @ Reach 11 Sports Complex

RSL-AZ Elite U-15- 12:00 p.m. vs. Rio Scorpions @ Paradise Valley High School

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