Vancouver Street Soccer Teams to Square Off this Weekend

The Team practices for the showdown...

This Saturday, several dozen soccer players from the New Fountain Shelter will pile into their bus and head over to the North Shore to take on three other teams in the first Vancouver Street Soccer Tournament of the year.

It’ll be the second round-robin tournament the team has played in and the first tournament of 2010.

Drawn from outreach staff and residents of the New Fountain Shelter, Portland FC has been playing soccer since mid-2008. Led by a team of dedicated coaches, the team has grown from a handful of players to several dozen over the past year. With this latest tournament on the horizon, team manager Sarah Blyth says her squad is ready to rock and roll.

 “We practice every week at the Carnegie Centre and have become a lean mean soccer playing machine,” said Blyth. “The whole team is eager to get out there and take on other teams in the Lower Mainland Street Soccer League.”

Portland FC has played a series of exhibition games over the past year, first taking on the Sun Eagles and later the City of Vancouver in what turned out to be a close game. During that nail-biter, the team was able to narrowly defeat Mayor Gregor Robertson’s squad 6-5, with only minutes to spare.

“Since the game against the City, we’ve only gotten better,” said Blyth. “We’re definitely ready to bring our A-Game.”

This weekend, Portland will be competing against the Burnaby Kickers, the North Shore Lions, and the East Vancouver Sun Eagles

The whole event will be kicked off with an introductory speech from North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. The tournament will be sponsored by North Vancouver Mental Health with a generous donation from Eclipse Awards. At the end of the game, all the teams will get to enjoy a feast put together by the North Shore Salvation Army.

Spectators are encouraged to drop by the gym and cheer their team on to victory. The tournament will begin at 3 PM and go until 4:30 PM and will be followed by a large team dinner at 5 PM.

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