Soccer talent ready to make a splash at RV Cup

The 17th edition of the Rogue Valley Cup — one of Jackson County's biggest events — is coming.

The three-day soccer tournament features 141 teams from Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California. Participant ages range from 10 to 19.

The action begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. and ends with title matches at 10 a.m. Monday.

The tourney is the single largest annual weekend event of any kind in the county. The teams will play over 300 games combined at U.S. Cellular Community Park, North Medford High School, Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, Jefferson Elementary and Kennedy Elementary.

The event generated nearly $700,000 in sales last year.

Last season, the FC Southern Oregon organization — which featured a collection of seniors from the area — edged RVSC Team Ramrod in double overtime, 2-1, in the boys U19 Blue title match. Ashland goalkeeper Wes Overland, who had rolled an ankle, made a critical save against Tony Barbieri in the thrilling victory, which came down to penalty kicks.

FC Southern Oregon went 3-0-1 in pool play.

Mad River United topped FC United, 2-0, in the U19 green championship.

In the girls U19 finals, Impulse slipped past Missfit Red, 2-1. Fusion beat the Sparks Titans, 2-0, in the U17 title contest.

The U19 RVSC Arsenal, ranked fourth in the state, was a finalist in the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Youth Soccer Showcase in February. The U17 RVSC Fuego club is ranked 11th in the state.

Also on the girls side, U17 RVSC Fusion is ranked fifth. The squad earned medalist honors in the Stanford Spring Classic Cup and FC Portland Winter Showcase.

A popular part of the weekend — the Goalie Wars — runs from 8:30-11 p.m. at North Medford's Bowerman Field on Saturday night.

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Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or e-mail

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