Originally published: April 10, 2015
MARSHALL – The Marshall United Soccer Association is hosting a seven-on-seven indoor soccer tournament this weekend.
Games will be played today through Sunday at Lockwoods Motors Arena on the Lyon County Fairgrounds, with 15 teams participating in two age divisions.
“We have six youth teams registered and nine adult teams registered,” said MUSA president Eric Luther.
Some local youth teams will scrimmage between games, as well.
According to Luther, the arena is the perfect site for the tournament.
“Spring weather is so unpredictable, having an indoor facility is perfect for this time of year,” Luther said.
Teams are coming from across southwest Minnesota to participate, including a pair of teams from both Willmar and Fairmont.
Luther is hopeful that the tournament will appeal to the Hispanic community in Marshall and surrounding communities.
“Soccer is big in most of the Hispanic communities. It’s an event to bring the entire family to the games,” Luther said.
MUSA hopes the tournament helps improve Marshall’s reputation as a soccer town.
“The MUSA board wanted to have an indoor tournament, seven on seven, at the ice arena. Since we’re getting soccer fields, the city is encouraging them to get soccer going here. That’s part of it,” said Sam Duran, a tournament participant and a member of the Marshall High School soccer team.
There is no gate fee for attendance at the games and concessions will be available.
The youth division will play its games tonight, starting at 5 p.m. Teams in the 13 to 18 and adult divisions will play Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to offsetting costs and covering expenses for MUSA, Luther hopes that the tournament can be a springboard for the sport in the area. The goal is to hold separate weekend tournaments for the different age divisions, and added that there is interest from area teams.
“We want to promote and excite growth,” Luther said. “Hopefully we can get our first year under our belt and continue to grow.”
Participants hope that the trophy stays in town.
“First tournament here, a Marshall team has got to take it.We want the championship to say here in Marshall, said Duran.