What is the Friendship Cup?
For 32 years now, the Friendship Cup tournament has served as one of the top ODP tournaments in the country. The list of professional and national team players who have played in this event is endless and with the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns establishing themselves as the home for the Oregon ODP program, the event takes a new direction, hosting MLS pre‐academy teams, ECNL girl’s teams and ODP teams. May 27-30, 2016, the 32nd annual Friendship Cup Tournament will once again host some of the top youth players and teams in the country in Beaverton, Oregon.
Last year, teams from Oregon ODP/Pre-Academy, San Jose Earthquakes Pre-Academy, British Columbia Provincial, Washington ODP, Cal-North ODP, Colorado ODP, Alaska ODP, Crossfire Pre-Academy (Seattle), Timbers Allicance All-Star Teams made up the 65-team event. More than 50 college, regional and national coaches were also on hand to evaluate and scout players. Oregon’s largest soccer retail company was also on hand to provide a true Northwest soccer weekend in Soccer City USA.
This tournament is by invite only, but feel free to email Tournament Director Erik Lyslo at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about playing in this event or seeing if your team qualifies to enter. Deadline to register is April 5th and the tournament cost is listed below. Age groups allowed for this event will be U12-U17.
Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton, Oregon will once again host the Friendship Cup tournament in May. The ‘Rec Center’ owns, as anybody will tell you, three of the top grass fields in the state of Oregon along with two turf fields making the five‐field complex a perfect location and size for this tournament. The ‘Rec Center’ is roughly 20 minutes west of Portland and about an hour away from the Oregon Coast. The address for the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center is 15707 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006.
Tournament cost for three games is $550 and tournament cost for four games is $650. Checks can be made out and sent to Portland Timbers (Attn: Erik Lyslo), 1844 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205.
All Friendship Cup travel questions (hotel, airfare, rental cars) can be answered by Steve Fennah of Sports Specific Travel. Steve has a great reputation as not only the former head women’s coach at Oregon State University but also now as a travel agent for a number of the region iv states. Any travel question you have, he can handle this for you. Steve’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or he can be reached at 503-706-1694.
For more information, please contact Erik Lyslo, Timbers Friendship Cup Tournament Director at Elyslo@timbers.com.