Capital FC is sending three of its teams to represent Oregon in the Farwest Regional Championship starting on Monday. CFC’s ’99 Boys, coached by Ignacio Baez, will return to regionals for the second year in a row. They qualified through an exciting 3-0 victory over Sounders FC Academy in late March, leaving the entire Sounders squad stunned.
CFC’s ’01 Girls earned the right to represent Oregon after a convincing win in the State Cup Final against FC Portland earlier in May. ’97 Girls qualified in a wildcard spot as runner’s up in State Cup. Both girls teams are coached by long-time CFC coach, Paul Goodwin.
“The tournament is especially challenging in a physical aspect, so the girls have been training hard to prepare for that,” says Goodwin. “The younger girls are in a group with the number 1 ranked team in the nation from Southern California. Who knows what will happen…several players are playing the best I have ever seen them play. They are learning that there is a reward for playing hard.”
All teams begin game play on Monday morning in Boise. They play three games in the group stage, and the top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals on Friday.
Capital FC has a history of sending teams to the Farwest Regional. No CFC team has won regionals. The club’s highest finish came two years ago in Hawaii when coach Ignacio Baez’s U16 Boys Boca Jrs team lost in the final 2-1 to Cal-South.
Follow this year’s final at the Region IV Championships website. Good luck to our Capital FC teams! We are proud of you!