PASCO -- David Archibald can recall the heydays of the Sagebrush Shootout, when the Richland-based soccer tournament drew more than 100 teams to Hanford High School back in the 1990s.
It ended after 24 years in 2004.
“That was a big tournament. They even had some international teams there,” said Archibald, who hopes to revive the spirit of that event this weekend and for years to come.
Archibald is the co-tournament director for the Sagebrush Summer Classic beginning today at the Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association soccer complex near the TRAC facility in Pasco.
The Pasco tournament had been previously known as the Three Rivers Soccer Club Summer Kickoff, but when Archibald and Ed Carnes took over as tournament co-directors before this season they decided to change the name based on the success and history of the previous Sagebrush event.
“We decided to bring part of that back,” said Archibald, who expects nearly 70 teams signed up by today.
With as many as 30 out-of-town teams needing food, hotels and fuel, the tournament is expected to inject roughly $400,000 into the local economy.
“You take 30 teams. Each team has 16 to 18 kids on it, and then with the families of those kids, that’s quite a few people,” Archibald said.
The tournament has several elements that set it apart, including natural grass fields all at one site, on-site concessions and plenty of amenities within a half-mile radius.