This year the games were held at the new Legacy Fields Sports Complex in Tracy, Calif. The Cup was designed to be a college showcase which is different from a normal tournament format. The showcase format gives all recruitable-age teams the opportunity to play four complete games so that college coaches can plan the games they want to attend and see the players they are interested in, and the winner is crowned by the team with the most points after the four games.
The showcase format allows the college coaches an opportunity to see players in a set time and location for multiple games which helps them get a solid evaluation of their talent. West Coast Soccer entered six teams in age groups U14-U18 with a final record of 18 wins, 2 ties and 3 losses, scoring 65 goals while only allowing 16 goals against. West Coast teams dominated the showcase age groups; Warriors 02, Kaos 03, Wicked 04, & Wildkatz 05 all went undefeated. The newly created Krush combo 04/05 birth year team coached by Adaurie Dayak, former West Coast alumni did extremely well in their first showcase.
West Coast’s youngest team Krossfire 06G coached by Marlon Fernandez played up in the 05 bracket and came out on top winning the championship game 1-0. Several local college coaches were on hand to see the talent. “The fields were great and the environment was superb for me to see so many quality players all in one location,” said Los Positas College Head Coach Andy Cumbo. Coach Paul McCallion, Head Coach for Notre Dame de Namur, stated, “I have been attending this event for many years, Troy Dayak is the Pied Piper for top talent in the area. I liked all of his teams; the style that they play suits the college game, I will be following up with college scholarship offers to the appropriate age group players.” Dayak, born and raised in Northern California has dedicated most of his life to soccer, playing for the USA Mens National Teams and US Olympic Team, his 16 years as a pro and Hall of Fame career for the San Jose Earthquakes has given him a unique perspective to help soccer grow in the area. “It’s wonderful to be able to continue to build this event into a college showcase where our local players and teams can be seen and recruited by college coaches.”
Dayak has had success in the sport winning four national championships as a professional soccer player while also winning four national championships as a coach for West Coast Soccer Club. Dayak founded West Coast Soccer Club in 2011 where his original team went all the way to the national championship and won it the inaugural year. West Coast Soccer has consistently produced 90-100 percent of their senior graduating players into college programs. Now some of the players after graduating college have returned to coach and run strength and conditioning sessions for West Coast Soccer. Since their first senior graduating class West Coast has produced over 105 players that have gone to college on soccer scholarships, making them one of the most successful soccer programs in Northern California.
Next up, West Coast Soccer will be competing in US Club Regionals in Davis, Calif., and US Youth Soccer Regionals in Boise, Idaho, followed by a tour this summer to Europe for the 2019 Women’s World Cup where West Coast 02, 03 girls will be playing international games vs. professional women’s teams abroad, and attending both World Cup Semi Final marches while in France.