Sierra Mountain Soccer Club: Fire in the Sky Soccer Tournament wildly successful |

Sierra Mountain Soccer Club: Fire in the Sky Soccer Tournament wildly successful

Robert Sullivan
Special to the Sun
Chris Beck/Submitted to

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Over the Labor Day Weekend, Sierra Mountain Soccer Club (SMSC) hosted its 3rd annual Fire in the Sky Soccer Tournament at Riverview Park and#8212; its most successful competitive youth soccer tournament to date. SMSC, which uses the proceeds of this tournament to fund its youth soccer scholarship program for more than 29 percent of club players, is seeing exponential growth in this regional tournament.

This yearand#8217;s tournament was not only a strong draw for Northern California and Northern Nevada competitive club teams, but the tournament also brought in more than 3,000 individuals to the Truckee/Tahoe area who enjoyed local accommodations, dining and recreational events over the three day event.

SMSC, a nonprofit soccer club, prides itself in delivering a competitive youth soccer program to the local community, providing scholarships for the needy and funneling soccer talent into local high school programs. SMSC works with local business sponsors to encourage visiting teams and families to support their businesses as part of the Labor Day Tournament and throughout the year. This year’s local economic impact was significant.

and#8220;Squaw Valley Lodge had its best Labor Day Weekend ever. I attribute this directly to the Fire in the Sky Tournament, whose participants accounted for a majority of our reservations over the weekend,and#8221; said Squaw Valley Lodge General Manager Dan Tester. and#8220;Just walking through the Village I saw soccer players and their families eating and enjoying the shops and amenities. All in all, a significant economic impact for the community.and#8221;

On the soccer front, 62 teams, U10-U14 boys and girls representing 930 players from Almaden Valley, Davis, Mill Valley, Rocklin, Folsom, Reno and Carson City, Nev. attended the tournament. SMSC fielded 10 teams representing 140 local players: Nine teams advanced to either the Championship or Consolation Games with first, second and third place finishes in U10, U9 and U12 categories, respectively, all beating NorCal teams.

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