Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 31, 2010

Amador and Foothill soccer alumni face off again

Rivalries die hard, bring back older players

by Glenn Wohltmann

Pleasanton's soccer alumns are invited to come kick up their heels at next weekend's eighth annual Ryan Gordon Foothill/Amador Alumni Soccer Games.

While Ryan's Dad, Curt Gordon is hoping to top last year's total, he's looking for more former soccer stars to step up.

"Over the seven years we've played, we don't get the same alumni each year but we've had over 300 alumni play the game. We've had players who have played in the 70s, 80's, 90's and the 2000's," Gordon said. "The players pay $20 per person to play in the games. We prefer for them to sign up before so we know how many shirts to have."

So far, 24 alumni have signed up.

"We'll typically have between 85 and 110 total," he said. "We had 89 last year."

The games are an opportunity for former players to revive some old rivalries between the two schools. So far, Amador men have won the alumni games six out of seven times, while Foothill women have won five out of seven times.

Older players don't need to worry about facing off with younger ones, Gordon said, because the coaches substitute sides en mass.

The annual fundraiser, named after Ryan, a soccer-playing Foothill High School senior who died in a jet ski accident, has brought in more than $40,000 for soccer programs at the two local high schools, according to Ryan's dad, Curt.

Tickets for the game are $7. Each of the student players is asked to sell five tickets, but this year, Gordon said several have come back for more.

"When you multiply two varsity teams, junior varsity and freshmen girls and boys, that's 12 teams between the two schools," he said. "We think we're going to do better this year. We've had better participation from the players -- we think we're going to exceed what we did last year, which was $7,000."

Ticket sales and the $20 ponied up by the players aren't the only revenue streams, Gordon said.

"We have a voluntary snack bar open during the games and all that money goes to the total," he said. "We have an after-game party the Hopyard. They contribute 20 percent of their revenue."

There's also a raffle and all the money raised goes directly to soccer programs at Foothill and Amador Valley High School, for everything from uniforms to soccer balls.

The games will be held Jan. 8 at Amador. Pre-game festivities begin at noon, with the women's game starting at 2 and the men's set to begin at 4:30.

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