Top flight soccer at Townsend as amateur clubs clash

Eight of the best mens' and womens' teams from BC, Washington State and Oregon meet this weekend at Chilliwack's Townsend Park.

Top amateur teams from British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon face off this weekend at two Townsend Park tournaments.

In its current format, the Kennedy Cup dates back to 1989, and this is the first time Chilliwack has hosted.

This year’s tourney includes two Pacific Coast Soccer League men’s teams, joined by the Washington State champion Bellingham United FC and Oregon champion IPS Marathon Taverna. The Oregonians are the defending champs.

The PCSL reps are the Vancouver Thunderbirds and Coquitlam Metro Ford.

“Other than the Vancouver Whitecap games that occasionally come to Chilliwack, this is the highest calibre soccer we’ll see around here,” said Chilliwack FC’s Glenn Wilson.

A quartet of top womens’ clubs will spend the weekend vying for the equally prestigious Kevin McAdams Memorial Cup.

This tournament was inaugurated in 1994 to be the equivalent of the Kennedy Cup. It is named after a 16-year-old soccer player who died in a tragic accident.

The format is the same as on the mens’ side.

The Whatcom Soccer Academy Rapids (Washington State), will be joined by the Oregon champions, Tualatin Hills United.

The Rapids are the defending champions.

The PCSL reps will be the Fraser Valley Action and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Semi-finals will be played Saturday, with kickoffs at 2 and 4 p.m.

Finals and consolation finals will be played Sunday, with four games being played simultaneously starting at noon.

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