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Quite a Crew

The El Dorado United Crew continued its assault on the national youth soccer scene late last month, capturing the U-13 (13-and-under) Boys Western Regional Championship in Spokane, Wash.

Blue Smith, a 13-year-old Chicago Park resident, is a sweeper with the Crew, which this week also attained the nation’s No. 1 ranking at its age group in the U.S. Club Soccer National Rankings, according to http://www.nationalsoccerranking.com.

The Crew defeated Santa Cruz County Chivitias 5-0 in the U-13 Boys championship match.

The Western Region soccer tournaments drew 240 youth teams and an estimated 12,000 people, according to the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane.

In winning the Western Region, the Crew has qualified to compete for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship July 20-25 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Smith’s role as sweeper requires him to organize the defense and stop any potential threats to the Crew’s goal keeper. According to his parents, he has received coaching locally from Imed Dossy, Gene Grapel and Chris Rath.

A home-schooled student who will be taking classes at Sierra College in Grass Valley this fall, Smith has played locally at Samba Soccer for several years.

The El Dorado Crew qualified for the Western Regional Championship by claiming the State Cup Championship earlier this year.

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