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Youth Soccer: Rapid City hosts 2019 Rushmore Cup

All over the Upper Midwest, people are ready for summer.  Old Man Winter has retreated back to the arctic, crops are planted, and people are ready to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun.  In Rapid City, S.D., there was a different excitement in the air.

The 2019 Rushmore Cup took place June 7-9 at the Dakota Fields Sports Complex right outside of Rapid City.  More than 170 teams from 7 different states competed for the rights to be the best in the Midwest.  Not only did they enjoy the friendly completion; for some, it was the start of their outdoor soccer season.

The weekend didn’t take place without a hitch as Old Man Winter fought back with cool temperatures, strong winds, and flooded fields which wreaked havoc with scheduling, but that didn’t stop of cheers that echoed in the Black Hills.  As the tournament came to a close, summer came back with some sun to help the winners celebrate their hard-earned victories.  Well-done to all who worked hard and overcame great odds to become Champions of the Rushmore Cup.

Story by Jeremy Siembida / Photos courtesy of Tunnel Vision Photography

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Galaxy’s Alvarez helps end Orange County FC’s Cinderella run

Teen phenom Efrain Alvarez proclaimed, “(it was) my best moment here at the LA Galaxy,” but that didn’t mean he avoided a little ribbing.

The 16-year-old midfielder netted his first two goals with LA’s first team last week, putting away a splendid free kick 10 minutes into the second half and tapping home a feed from Favio Alvarez 6 minutes after that as the Galaxy roared into the fifth round of the US Open Cup with a dominant 3-0 victory over amateurs Orange County Football Club. Rookie Emil Cuello also tallied his first goal with the Galaxy’s top side to complete a 3-0 triumph before a full house at Dignity Health Sports Park’s track and field stadium, one that came fairly easy but not as simple as it might have.

LA, aiming for its third crown in the oldest soccer competition in the United States and first since a surprising 2005 MLS Cup/Open Cup “double” in 2005, might have scored six or seven or eight with a bit more fortune and precision, but the best chances — the goals aside — went off-target again and again.

The Galaxy behind winger Emmanuel Boateng’s speed on the left, teenage right back Julian Araujo’s crosses from the right, and Favio Alvarez’s ability to carve up defenses and feed teammates with dangerous balls had nearly all of the first 45 minutes but couldn’t find the net.

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