Youth Soccer Club scores with weekend tourney
September 16, 2013, Story by T.A. Bergin, Slideshow By T.A. Bergin and Mike Fak, The Second Annual Route 66 Shootout literally kicked off Saturday morning at 7:30 am at the Lincoln FC Soccer Complex behind Wal-Mart. Hosted by Lincoln Futbol Club, Lincoln's youth soccer organization, the Shootout is one of Lincoln's biggest athletic tournaments, drawing between 2,000 and 2,500 players, families and fans from all over central Illinois. From Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, 50 teams will play over 80 matches at the 8-field complex.
"We had 35 teams last year, and grew to 50 this year. We could probably accomodate up to 100 teams, depending on the age groups and fields needed, so there's plenty of room for growth," said tournament co-director Karen Graber. "We have soccer clubs here from Peoria, Springfield, Chatham, Rochester, and Pekin, to name a few. Bigger cities like Peoria have multiple clubs who are here with multiple teams."
In addition to on-site concessions and the tent selling the official Shootout T-shirts, the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau was handing out "welcome to Logan County" letters and information packets promoting local dining options and attractions. For more information about Lincoln Futbol Club and the Route 66 Shootout, visit their website at http://lincolnfutbolclub.webs.com/.