Columbia Invitational youth tourney starts tomorrow

260 teams playing

Finals Monday

21 states, Canada are represented

May 28, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The 24th annual Columbia Invitational soccer tournament, one of the top five youth tournaments in the United States, will begin tomorrow at various Howard County high school and park and recreation fields, as well as at Fort Meade.

Two-hundred sixty teams, representing 21 states and Canada, will participate, many of them state cup, regional and national champions.

Preliminary rounds will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. and continue through Sunday afternoon. Final matches -- all at the Fort Meade Parade Grounds -- will begin at 8 a.m. Monday.

One of the tournament's showcase matchups is a semipro W-League game between the 3-0 Maryland Pride and the 1-2 Boston Renegades. Boston was runner-up in the nation's top women's league last season, when it twice beat the Rockville-based Pride. The teams will play at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Howard High. Boys and girls 19 and under in a soccer uniform will be admitted for $1.

Another featured game -- SAC Alumni play the Baltimore Colts -- will be Sunday at 1: 15 p.m. at Fort Meade.

A workshop for college-bound athletes, will be held at 9 tonight at the Sheraton Columbia Inn.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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