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SURF CUP ATTRACTING BEST OF PREMIER SOCCER TEAMS.

Byline: Jim Inghram Staff Writer

In its 19 years the San Diego Surf Cup has grown into the premier club soccer tournament on the West Coast. The tournament, broken into two weekends for the 1999 version, has 332 teams - of which 99 are State Cup champions, 56 are State Cup runners-up and 62 are State Cup semifinalists.

Twelve are U.S. National Cup regional champions and seven others are regional finalists.

More than 225 team were denied entry into the tournament because their qualifications were not up to tournament standards.

``This is a really big tournament,'' Southern California Soccer Club coach and director Scott Murray said. ``If you can succeed here you're one of the best teams around.''

Murray, who heads the SCSC along with Alberto Bru, will have three teams in this weekend's event, which is for U-10 to U-15 teams.

The club also has the girls' U-17 team in next weekend's games, featuring teams from U-16 to U-19.

Representing the area in games that will be played today through Monday are the girls' U-10 and U-13 teams from the Southern California Soccer Club (formerly known as the Las Virgenes Blazers) and the boys' U-12 team.

The Camarillo Eagles girls' U-10 team will also participate.

There will be 176 team playing starting today. Seventy-two teams are from other states, four are from Canada and two from Northern Ireland.

``I've played there twice,'' said 12-year old Caitlyn MacKechnie of the SCSC girls' U-13 team. ``We've done well, but it would be really fun to go far this year.''

Caitlyn isn't the only MacKechnie playing. Hannah, 10, is on the girls' U-10 team.

Both MacKechnies began playing the sport in AYSO League's at the age of three.

SAN DIEGO SURF CUP XIX

When: Today through Sunday for U-10 to U-15 and Aug. 6-8 for U-16 to U-19.

Where: At the San Diego Polo Club Fields in Del Mar. The Club has 18 (75x110 yard) fields.

Who: 332 of the best teams throughout the United States and several international teams.

Directions: Take I-5 south, exit Via de la Valle and go east. The polo club is about a mile away on the right. Admission is free, but parking is $4.

Notable: Rosters for the three Southern California Soccer Club teams participating this weekend: Boys U-12: Carlos Anaya, Alex Berrios, Mariano Cibelli, Brett Crouse, Dhruv Datta, Michael Elliott, Phillip Grossman, Brian Jones, Bryan Morales, Chance Myers, Nick Slezak, Jason Stoffel, Brett Taylor, Stephen Urdoff, Serge Vita, Ben Wright.

Girls U-10: Lindsay Armenta, Ashlee Brodkin, Jessica Jameson, Hannah MacKechnie, Hanna Mehring, Brittney Monforte, Annabel Naish, Abigail Phillips, Nicole Sweetman, Briitni Veliz.

Girls U-13: Caitlin Brison, Lisa Broderson, Kelsey Davis, Justine Eshelman, Michelle Jameson, Ashley Jones, Sienna Kruck, Caitlyn MacKechnie, Lindsay McCartney, McKenna Mitchell, Brittany Muse, Kara Raftery, Nicole Remmenga, Tasha Van Dixhorn, Alysha Zgrabik, Karen Zieger.

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