By Ryan Maquiñana
Special to S.F. Examiner
One of the biggest youth soccer tournaments in the Bay Area is coming to San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend.
The inaugural San Francisco Mayor’s Cup will kick off on Aug. 31 and welcome over 100 teams from California, Nevada and Utah, with two sites — Beach Chalet and Crocker-Amazon — hosting all the action.
“The SF Mayor’s Cup celebrates not only our vibrant local soccer community and our commitment to promoting physical activity among our kids, but also presents an opportunity to welcome everyone to our beautiful, diverse, and unique city,” said Mayor London Breed in a video announcement posted by the San Francisco Glens, who will host the tournament. “We wish all the players, coaches, and families the best of luck and hope you have a great time in San Francisco.”
The various divisions will range from boys and girls ages 9 through 19, with the finals taking place on Sept. 2. The Folsom Lake Earthquakes, currently No. 1 in California in the Under-18 boys’ soccer rankings according to GotSoccer.com, will be among the teams attending.
Tournament director Benkay Kajihara also hosts the San Francisco Cup, which takes place annually on Memorial Day and is one of the longest-standing youth soccer tournaments in The City. His ultimate aim for the SF Mayor’s Cup is to be synonymous with Labor Day soccer locally.
“We’re really excited about the amount of teams that have signed up so far and how this is turning out so far,” said tournament director Benkay Kajihara. “On behalf of the Glens, we want to thank Mayor Breed, Rec and Park, the City of San Francisco, Soccerloco and Vanguard Properties for their support. This is going to be a great showcase for San Francisco and our community.”