Harvest Cup kicks off on the Palouse

Soccer tournament offers opportunity for anyone to participate

The Harvest Cup soccer tournament commences this weekend and will be held in multiple locations around Moscow and Pullman.

COURTESY OF PABLO RODRIGUEZ

The Harvest Cup soccer tournament commences this weekend and will be held in multiple locations around Moscow and Pullman.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

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The first Harvest Cup soccer tournament, hosted by Eastern Washington Surf Soccer Club, will be held in Pullman and Moscow this weekend.

It will be the club’s first tournament of the season. Participants will play games at Pullman High School and WSU Valley Road Playfields in Pullman, and Oylear Field in Moscow. Admission is free for spectators throughout the tournament.

Brandon Schreiner, the club’s director of coaching, said he’s excited that a tournament is back in the Palouse area after the Palouse Cup ended last year after two decades.

“Tournaments make for better development for our kids playing because of the increased number of games,” Schreiner said. “It’s more fun to actually play and get into the game.”

Surf is a joint creation from the former Pullman Hawks and Moscow United, said director of the tournament Pablo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said the two clubs were combined to increase the player pool that could compete against clubs that come from bigger cities like Spokane and Seattle. He said now they can send out multiple teams to play, just like some of their competitors.

Surf invited other soccer clubs to the Harvest Cup, and the tournament is open to all ages to give everyone who’s interested the chance to compete with their age group.

“We’re not limiting anybody in the community for this tournament,” Rodriguez said. “Anyone in the Palouse can register for the tournament — they don’t have to be part of Eastern Washington Surf.”

Registration prices vary for differing age groups. According to the tournament’s website, U9-U14 teams have a $200 entry fee, high school and adult teams’ entry fee is $250.

The bracket schedule will be completed Friday and games will be played Saturday and Sunday. Rodriguez said games will only be played on Friday if the number of teams that register warrants a demand for it.

The tournament will be split up in boy’s and girl’s brackets at the youth ages. Adults will have a men’s, women’s and coed brackets.