Youth soccer teams rush into town for RYSA Cup

CONYERS - The 2008 RYSA Cup begins Saturday with some of the top youth soccer teams from around the state scheduled to compete.

The event features competitive boys and girls soccer teams from all over Georgia.

RYSA president Chuck Walker said 17 teams from around the state are signed up for the tournament.

"Most of the teams come from the metro Atlanta area, which is one of the most competitive soccer regions in the Southeast. The area is very well represented in MLS (Major League Soccer) and internationally," Walker said. "This is the fifth year we've hosted this tournament. We have 17 teams ranging from 14-and-under to 12-and-under. Our trainers are all professional trainers and have experience at the college or professional level."

Games begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the last matches start at 6 p.m. Sunday's games also begin at 9 a.m., with the championship matches starting at 2 p.m.

RYSA director of coaching Bryan Mills said he's expecting the competition to be solid when the teams hit the field Saturday.

"The competition should be excellent," Mills said. "The facilities are in great shape and we're looking forward to a great weekend with great weather."

The tournament is open to anyone who wants to come out and watch the competition. Parking and admission are free, and there will be concessions available.

For more information on the tournament, visit www. rysa.net.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.