For the fifth year in a row, West Coast Soccer Club hosted its annual showcase tournament, the West Coast Cup, at Legacy Fields in Tracy.
The event has its roots in the Tracy Futbol Club Orange Bowl, an annual Memorial Day weekend event, and West Coast Soccer founder Troy Dayak took over in 2015 and turned the event into a college showcase where local players can show off their skills in front of college recruiters.
West Coast Soccer entered six teams in the under-14 to under-18 age groups, and they had a total of 18 wins, two ties and three losses, scoring 65 goals while allowing only 16 goals.
Two West Coast teams, the U18 Warriors and the U15 Wildcats, went undefeated, while the U17 Kaos, U16 Wicked and U14 Krossfire went 3-1, including their championship game, as they played up an age group. The new Krush U16 team, coached by Kimball High and West Coast Soccer alumna Adaurie Dayak, played their first showcase.
Troy Dayak spoke with several of the college coaches in attendance and shared some of their comments:
“The fields were great and the environment was superb for me to see so many quality players all in one location,” Los Positas head coach Andy Cumbo told him.
Paul McCallion of Notre Dame de Namur University added: “I liked all of (Dayak’s) 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, a Tracy resident since 1991, played for the USA Men’s National Teams, the U.S. Olympic team and the San Jose Earthquakes.
He founded West Coast Soccer in 2011. His team went all the way to the national championship and won it that inaugural year, the first of four national titles for West Coast Soccer. All the players from the original Tracy team went to college on soccer scholarships and after graduating college some of the original members now coach teams and run strength and conditioning sessions for West Coast Soccer.
The West Coast Kaos, now a U17 team, is the most recent to win a national title as champion of the US Club Premier U16 National Championship in Colorado in 2018.
West Coast Soccer competes next at the US Club Regionals in Davis and US Youth Soccer Regionals in Boise, Idaho. The West Coast 02 girls also will attend the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Europe, where they will have a chance to play against professional teams abroad and attend both World Cup semifinal matches while in France.