Colorado Soccer Association's Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver wins big in Vegas
When a winner takes home a grand from Vegas, most people think of slot machines or Blackjack, not the Las Vegas Silver Mug International Soccer Tournament and Festival.
But the Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver came home with $1,000 by winning the Silver Mug 7v7 Open Division championship on Monday, February 17, 2014. Wearing the signature red and white jerseys of Chivas de Guadalajara, the Colorado players added two teammates from Utah and finished unbeaten in five games.
In the first game, Guadalajara defeated the Nevada Devils 4-0. Later that afternoon, they tied Portugal Vigor 2-2, another local Nevada team with four professional indoor players. Portugal Vigor scored the first two goals of the game, but Guadalajara tallied twice in the final 10 minutes to equalize.
In the third game, Guadalajara defeated Elite 13-0, setting up a semifinal match against the Las Vegas Gunners. Guadalajara prevailed again (7-0) with goals coming from multiple field players.
morning, the championship featured a rematch between Portugal Vigor and Guadalajara. The 7v7 field sat near the center of the complex where a crowd gathered for the game. Local fans came with hopes of a Vigor victory, but the famous rojiblanco jerseys attracted other fans who favored Chivas, chanting throughout the game.
Guadalajara scored in the first three minutes and added a second in the seventh minute. Portugal Vigor notched a goal in the 15th minute, and Guadalajara scored again before halftime.
In the second half, Guadalajara scored two more to win 5-1. In five games, Guadalajara tallied 31 goals and allowed three.
Games included two 25-minute halves on the 7v7 field (approximately 120 feet long and 75 feet wide with indoor-sized goals). Instead of having an offsides rule, goalkeepers were not allowed to pass the ball beyond the midfield line.
The 7v7 open competition was one of 10 divisions for men, women, and coed teams at the Star Nursery and Silver Bowl Complex. Golden Star La Maquina won the men's open 11v11 division and left Vegas with the biggest bag of cash. Like Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver, they plan to return for another roll of the dice in 2015.
Guadalajara of Denver rejoices after winning the Las Vegas Silver Mug 7v7 division
Coach David Campos and forward Oscar Montoya celebrate Guadalajara of Denver's championship.