Columbus Cup 2015
October 10 -12, 2015
Casa Grande, Arizona
Thank you for a great weekend of soccer! The USMNT versus Mexico was amazing, but with a disappointing result. The Columbus Cup 2015 was an incredible event. I want to thank everyone that participated in making this one of the most enjoyable tournaments I’ve ever had the privilege of being involved in. One of the highlights for me was the new format allowing everyone to compete to the end. We played over 170 games of soccer over a 3 day period. The sportsmanship was some of the best I’ve seen.
A very special thanks to my wife, Jenn Trettin, Lori Lewis, Lori’s mom, Jason Tonioli and Jayme Larson for hosting an awesome Team Manager’s party on Friday night. Grande Sports World did a great job with the fields. The soccer pitches at the Francisco Grande were in remarkable shape yet again. Accolades to their grounds crew for providing world class pitches. I was also really happy with the officiating. We were lucky to have a 3 man system. We won’t be having this in Vegas due to a lack of available referees. Thank you to the referee crew coming from Phoenix, Tucson, Mexicali and Las Vegas. Muchas gracias.
The competition was fierce this year. With teams coming from all over the US, Mexico and Canada, I witnessed some of the best squads in North America. Even the UK stepped up and presented the Cockney Rebels straight out of London. Thank you all for coming together from across the globe to make this a great tournament. It is not possible for every team to win the cup, and I know that every team that did had to work their asses off to do so. Nice work.
As can be expected from an event like this there were some bumps and bruises along the way. May everyone heal quickly and be healthy for the King Cup in January. The personal low lights of the tournament for me were having to expel a team for cheating. The Cosmos FC over 60 team run by Kostas Tsikounas had a player that presented a fake California driver’s license as his ID. I’m not sure why he had a fake license but Like the Eurostars 3 years ago the team was disqualified and ejected from the tournament. Presenting a fake ID undermines the integrity of the team and the whole team unfortunately had to pay the price. The Cosmos will not be participating in the King Cup either. Also, lost and found. Someone accidentally left the complex with 2 of my pop up shade canopies. Please let me know if you accidentally ended up with my canopy and return it to me at your convenience.
On to the results...
In the 35 and over division, there was a brutal fight between the Jake Stars from Chicago and FC Sultan out of Idaho. After a nail biter against MUSA in the semifinal Jake Stars secured the cup 4 nil in the final.
In the finals of 40 and over Group A, we saw LASC and FCFC take it all the way to penalties. LASC were able to come out victorious.
In over 40 Group B, Mundo FC faced Little Lebowski’s Under Achievers in another dead even match that resulted in a PK shoot out. Mundo FC was able to reach victory, claim the trophy and make their flight.
The 48 and over division with 24 teams worked themselves into 3 groups. In group A, a re-match of last year’s final occurred in the semifinals with a contest between FTI out of Seattle and Sam Adams Akron from Ohio. Sam Adams won again. The final in group a was Sam Adams over the OC Spurs.
In Over 48 Group B the hometown Chapmen Scorpions were narrowly bested by the El Cartel Hall of Famers in a great match that came down to the wire.
In the Over 48 Group C McMaccabi’s was able to best Clayton Wonders. Both teams left it all on the field.
The 55 and over division was narrowly won by the defending Champions, Freddy Fund for a 4thyear in a row. Bates motel, almost provided the greatest upset of the weekend, but the boys in blue were able to prevail.
The 60 and over group was shrouded in controversy with a team fielding an ineligible player with a fake ID. The Final was a great match between the Golden State Legends and the Vancouver classics. Golden State was able to clear the victory hurdle with a single goal in a fantastic match between 2 great teams.
Special thanks again to my friend and programming wizard Jeff Leinwand of Sabino Creek Software for his continued support and amazing tournament software. As I said before, thank you again for your attendance, and if you weren’t able to make it, I’ll look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas at King Cup 2016 in just 3 short months for another sell out event.
UPDATE: 9/9/2015 -- Links for Team & Tournament Schedules are now available. Please note: these are only drafts of the schedules. Final drafts will not be available until the week of the tournament. Links can be found at the very bottom of this webpage.
UPDATE: 8/5/2015 -- Player Registration is now OPEN! All team players must be registered with their team in order to play in the tournament. Click here to register individual players for your team.
UPDATE: 5/8/2015 -- Due to lack of interest, there will not be an Over 65 bracket this year as initially planned.
UPDATE: 2/19/2015 -- Since we only have 52 rooms available at the Francisco Grande Resort (and EVERYONE wants to stay there), we are going to run a lottery for the rooms. To enter, your team must be registered and paid in full by March 9, 2015. You MUST email Lori or Alex to notify them that want to stay at the Francisco Grand resort and how many rooms you would like for your team. If you win the lottery, all rooms must be deposited by March 16, 2015 with a $200 Non refundable deposit or risk forfeiting your rooms to another team.
Join Soccer in Sun for our 5th Annual Arizona Soccer Tournament starting Saturday, October 10, 2015 through Monday, October 12, 2015. Registration will be opening soon! The Columbus Cup is an 11 versus 11 tournament and will take place at the Francisco Grande Hotel and Resort in beautiful Casa Grande, Arizona.
This three day event will take place on eight amazing World Cup grade pitches. Each team plays four games on these immaculate fields, but when you're ready to relax the resort boasts a great swimming pool, a world class 18-hole golf course, and an excellent restaurant.
We will have four divisions in the tournament: ten over 35 teams, sixteen over 40 teams, sixteen over 48 teams, ten over 55 teams, and ten over 60 teams and five over 65 teams (new this year!) -- a grand total of 67 teams! To qualify for each division, every player must turn the age of that bracket this year.
*NEW* This year, for the over 40 & over 48 brackets, we are going to run a standard 16 team format with a catch -- there won’t be any consolation games. For these two brackets, the outcome of your first 3 games will put you in either the gold bracket or the silver bracket. From there, each group will then play a quarter final, semifinal and final. Because this will add 3 games to the mix, there will be a $45 dollar surcharge to play in these brackets.
For over 35, over 55, over 60 and over 65 each team will play in the usual "round robin" elimination style.
The semi-finals and finals will be held early Monday morning.
Our games will be played once more at the always perfectly maintained Grande Sports World Complex, directly next door to the Francisco Grande Hotel. The grass fields have nice, even playing surfaces and lots of cushion. If you haven't played there before, you will love it! The Columbus Cup will include loads of fun soccer activities, camaraderie, and great weather.
Registration is only $650, so register today! A $300, non-refundable deposit reserves a tournament slot for your team and must be received by July 1, 2015.
We have great hotel packages at the closest and best hotels starting at $99 per room, per night, including breakfast! These discounted rates are only available through our website or by calling Lori at 253-383-8000. As Fall begins and the weather starts to turn, head down South to Casa Grande, Arizona for the Columbus Cup - with your friends at Soccer in Sun!