Decked out in brand-new jerseys, Concord Toyota’s team began arriving at Tesoro Fields nearly an hour before their game to scout out the competition. Since 9am Las Montañas and Dolan’s Lumber had been facing off on one field, while Liga Latina and the Concord Police were going head to head on the other. Despite the overcast, windy weather, the intensity and competition were brewing between companies and spectators set up their chairs to get in on the action. This was the atmosphere of the first ever Contra Costa Cup soccer tournament.
This year the Chavez Center put a fun twist on traditional soccer tournaments pitting companies against each other for some friendly competition. The short fields made for some fast-paced play exciting for the players and fans alike.
By midday, the weather and the rivalries were heating up. In the end just a couple of points separated Las Montañas, Dolan Lumber and Liga Latina from the Championship game. In the end, it came down to the number of goals scored and Dolan Lumber moved on to play Diablo Futbol Club. In a tight championship game, ultimately Diablo Futbol Club emerged victorious.
Despite their early arrival and scouting, Concord Toyota’s record was 0-3 for the day. Their bumps, bruises and sore muscles were testament to their hard play, and their enthusiasm did not dwindle. “My guys have been out practicing for this event,” said Tony Ciarrocchi of Concord Toyota. Tony and his team are talking about continuing to play soccer in a league. “We may have lost here, but this event sparked something.”
Overall the Contra Costa Cup was a great community event all in support of the Chavez Center cause, providing employment connections, computer and job skill training and case management support. With teams representing the local businesses and organizations, El Ranchero providing much-needed lunch and the many volunteering their day to the event, the Contra Costa Cup was a great picture of the unity of our community.
On behalf of the Chavez Center, we would like to than Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery for their invaluable support of the event providing security, cleanup and the fantastic venue.
For sponsoring teams for the event, the Chavez Center would like to extend a big thank you to:
|Diablo FC took home thistrophy |
as Contra Costa Cup Champions!
Also a thank you to Diablo Futbol Club, Dolan Lumber, and Liga Latina for handling the logistics of the event from the scoring to the refereeing.
We would also like to thank two of the refs from the first game for donating their day’s earnings to the Chavez Center cause.
All of you are helping our community step into a brighter future through your good work.