PASCO, Wash. -- Soccer has taken over at the TRAC soccer fields in Pasco. 54 teams are taking part in the 2009 President's Cup this weekend. They are some of the best club soccer teams from 8 states. With boys and girls playing from ages 13 to 17, the tournament runs through Sunday.
Now the winning teams between 14 and 17-years-old will head to a national tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, so winning is a big deal.
Playing club soccer requires a lot of time as teams play from 9 months to year around. That also means the talent level is that much higher.
"In club soccer, there is a lot more skill involved," says Three Rivers Platinum Midfielder Andrew Wabusaki. "High school is kind of like rough and tumble, run fast, kick hard. Club is a lot more passing, tactical, stuff like that."
"The level of dedication to come out here and play 9 months out of the year and to travel and to go to tournaments is really important," says Platinum Head Coach Scott Smith. "If the players don't have the dedication, they're not going to be successful."