'Mayor's Cup International' Draws Thousands

LAS VEGAS -- More than 7,000 young soccer players from around the world are in Las Vegas this President's Day Weekend for the Mayor's Cup International Soccer Showcase.

That means more than a $10 million boost to the local economy.

Tournaments began at the Bettye Wilson Sports Complex around 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Throughout the weekend 452 soccer teams will be playing on dozens of fields in the Valley.

Players and their families made the trip from every corner of the globe including Australia, Poland, China and Columbia.

The city of Las Vegas predicts those tourists will bring millions of dollars into the local economy.

Even for those that call Las Vegas home, the tournament has something to offer.

Nolan Mumford has been playing soccer for ten years. He's now part of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.

"You learn everything. You learn about yourself. You learn pretty much anything that can get you further in the career," said Mumford.

The showcase isn't just for fun. Each player participating can enter their stats and areas of interest into a database.

250 college coaches and recruiters will be able to access that information as they watch the games.

The championship game will be played on Monday at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.

If you would like more information visit www.lvmayors.com.

To stream live soccer games, go to www.hi-pod.com


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