Jefferson Cup Soccer Tournament canceled

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The rain has canceled "all games" in a major soccer tournament expected to boost Metro-Richmond's economy by millions. Organizers had hoped to get some of the action in this weekend, but we learned that the entire tournament for this weekend won't happen.

Forget dark clouds, right now Blake McCauley is on cloud nine. His team just won and it wasn't raining during his game. But the athlete that's trained to do fast, quick-thinking moves is definitely watching his step.

"It was very slippery out there. Very muddy which we expected," said McCauley.

Friday morning The Jefferson Cup told 180 teams of 10 to 15-year-old boys they wouldn't play this weekend.

"Unfortunately the one variable that we can't control is the weather," said Bill Standley with tournament organizer The Richmond Strikers.

Fortunately most of those teams hadn't arrived, but with players coming from as far as Colorado, some were forced to turn back around.

"When they canceled the younger groups, it's going to give a greater opportunity for the older kids to play," said soccer parent John Daniels of New Jersey.

The Jefferson Cup is a top tournament. College scouts are everywhere. A second round of cancellations meant dozens of teams lost their chance to play Friday afternoon.

"It's going to be difficult for the kids to run in, pass, trap the ball your fundamentals become harder," said Daniels.

Organizers tried finding alternate fields, without success. The games will not be re-scheduled. Next weekend girls from across the country will play.

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