Soccer Tournament Draws over 5,000 Visitors to Meridian

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

Four fields, 102 teams and over 1300 athletes provided one of the biggest soccer tournament's the city of Meridian has ever seen.

The Kohl's American Soccer Cup concluded Sunday afternoon after a weekend of competition in the Queen City. Championship games for the tournament's four different age groups were played at the Jaycee Soccer Complex and the Lamar School.

Mississippi Soccer Vice President of Recreation Kim Quarles estimated that over 5,000 people visited Meridian over the weekend. She said the tournament provided wonderful publicity for the city as the sport continues to grow here.

She also praised Meridian's reaction when tornado damage moved the event from its originally-planned location in Tupelo with only eight days to prepare.

"It has been wonderful. The city of Meridian, the Parks and Rec, Meridian Youth Soccer Organization... everybody stepped up," said Quarles.

Quarles also said that because of the bid process Mississippi Soccer uses, the tournament will return to Meridian next year.

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