Men’s soccer players compete in recent league games. The Orlegi Cup aims to create a platform for aspiring athletes to showcase their skills. (Contributed)

SALINAS — Salinas Regional Sports Authority (SRSA) has announced a collaboration with Orlegi Sports, which is bringing the Orlegi Cup for U16-U19 (excluding U18) teams to the Salinas Regional Soccer Complex this weekend, June 28-30.

Orlegi Sports manages and owns teams in Liga MX, and this international tournament is due to invite MLS teams to compete. The Atlas U16 academy team holds the current championship title for Liga MX U16.

SRSA is a nonprofit organization committed to building and maintaining high-quality fields for the community.

This will be the first international tournament hosted at the Salinas Regional Soccer Complex, and is a significant gain for the Central Coast as the event will bring great notability to the region.

“We are very excited to partner with Orlegi Sports for their Orlegi Cup in June,” said SRSA Board Director Alexis Diaz-Infante. “Families in our community will have the opportunity to come together and watch a professional soccer tournament, sparking inspiration in individuals of all ages to pursue their own dreams.”

The Orlegi Cup is more than a soccer tournament; it is an initiative to bring top-tier soccer opportunities to Northern California.

Orlegi’s first International Women’s Showcase at the Salinas Regional Soccer Complex last October, where seven female players were selected to continue in the scouting process. (Contributed)

The collaboration between Orlegi Sports and SRSA aims to expose young athletes to greater possibilities and elevate the soccer experience in the region by bringing in MX teams managed by Orlegi Sports, like Atlas FC and Club Santos, and encourages collegiate scouts to attend. This collaboration solidifies both organizations’ commitment to fostering soccer excellence and creating pathways for young athletes to excel in their sport.

Orlegi’s invaluable partnership serves as a bridge from Mexico to Northern California, contributing to cultural exchange and fostering connections through the universal language of soccer. Their unique perspective adds a distinctive dimension to the tournament, making it a celebration of diversity, talent and sportsmanship.

Collegiate institutions are warmly invited to bring out soccer scouts to scope the rich talent that will be present at the Salinas Regional Soccer Complex. The tournament presents an excellent opportunity to witness top-tier talent and explore potential recruits.

This outreach effort aims to create a platform for aspiring athletes to showcase their skills and open doors to collegiate opportunities.

“At SRSA, our goal is to create a lively soccer culture that promotes community engagement and personal growth — we have partnered with Orlegi Sports to organize the Orlegi Cup at the Salinas Regional Soccer Complex, which is a testament to our commitment,” said Soccer Complex Manager Jonathan De Anda. “The event brings together players, fans and families to celebrate the beautiful game, creating long-lasting memories and empowering our community through soccer.”

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