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Campton United expects huge crowds at soccer tourney

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 24, 2013 7:33 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A father of three girls, Tom Rydberg has been involved in the Campton United Soccer Club for six years.

That has allowed Rydberg to travel to many tournaments in several states, and he said the Campton United signature event – the upcoming Midwest Cup Tournament – is among the strongest.

The tournament runs this weekend, starting today through Monday, headquartered at the United’s base at 3N800 Peck Road in St. Charles.

Information provided by the club shows that the event draws more than 200 teams and 3,000 players, as well as 10,000 spectators over the weekend.

Rydberg has three girls in Campton United – Abby, 15, Hailey, 13, and Samantha, 11. He said out-of-towners look forward to the Memorial Day event each year.

He said the club’s strong facilities are a draw and that the Tri-Cities area makes the tournament an ideal place for visitors.

“You have Geneva Commons, St. Charles and Geneva restaurants … Pheasant Run,” Rydberg said.

“And you have to have great competition, which we do. You get a lot of state champions or state champion contenders.”

The Midwest Cup Tournament is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Campton United is touting its impact that goes beyond soccer.

Officials said the tournament includes 52 teams from the Tri-Cities area, 100 from the Chicago area and 47 from other states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa, and one team from Alaska. Brian Nail, the club’s director of soccer, said many teams arrange to stay at Pheasant Run Resort, and other places in the St. Charles area.

“A lot of people love coming to St. Charles,” Nail said. “We get a lot of repeat teams.”

Nail said the tournament is an opportunity to showcase the club, as well as the Tri-Cities.

He said the tournament has grown since its beginning, and it has to be strong to be able to command such a large field on a holiday weekend.

“People are looking for a destination on a holiday weekend,” Nail said. “Many, many teams use this as a capping point for their year.”

To learn more about the event or to follow the progress of the tournament, visit www.camptonunited.com, or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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