Jun 10, 2014 2:14 PM by KATC
Lafayette Youth Soccer Association/Cajun Soccer Club (LYSA) is announcing that it will host the 2015 Presidents Cup, a regional soccer tournament that draws some of the top soccer talent in the region.
The annual tournament, comprised of approximately 120 teams from 11 states from Texas to North Carolina, will be held this year in Alabama, but the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission (LCVC) is already gearing up for visitors for the Lafayette tournament next year.
The LYSA director said that having an asset such as Moore Park was a significant factor in procuring the bid to host such a lucrative tournament.
"For years, Lafayette has produced some of the best soccer players in the state. We are thrilled to finally have facilities at Moore Park which allow us to host a youth tournament of national significance," said Michael Ritch, Executive Director of Lafayette Youth Soccer Association and Cajun Soccer Club.
"We are excited to partner with LYSA for this great opportunity for Lafayette Parish. Our sports market is a growing one, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the type of large event Lafayette Parish can facilitate. While they are here competing, the athletes and their families will be able to experience all that we have to offer, and we hope they will leave as great ambassadors for our food, music and culture that is second to none," said Ben Berthelot, President and CEO of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.
U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup events will determine the regional qualifiers that will compete in the U.S. Youth National Presidents Cup. Regional winners in the Under-13 through Under-17 groups, both boys and girls, will vie for the national title.