Chill rep teams off to Dallas Cup

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By John Rider
The Thunder Bay Chill under-16 boys and under-17 girls teams are off to compete at the Dallas Cup, one of the oldest international youth soccer tournaments in the United States.
The Chill boys kick off their group play with a match against Solar Chelsea Academy on April 13 and round off round-robin action with games against Concorde Fire Elite and FC Golden State. On the girls U17 side, the Chill will open against Sting 98 on April 16, followed by games versus Fort Worth FC and Austin Texans.
Regarded as one of the most competitive tourneys in the world, the event has hosted teams from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan. Top class players including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Landon Donovan have all participated in the competition.
A busy time for the Chill program continues as the Chill Reserves head to Vancouver over the Easter break to play in the Whitecaps Showcase. The event provides another opportunity for players to demonstrate their talents to college and university coaches for scholarships as well as senior coaching staff from MLS Whitecaps FC.
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LEAGUE WATCH: There were a handful of games in the Thunder Bay women’s silver division this past week, including a 3-1 victory for C&D over Legends One, with Jenna Bizzarrino completing the hat trick for the winners.
Katie Sobczak scored both goals as Ice edged TNT 2-1, and Amanda Colistro bagged the only goal as Wildcats beat Fanti 1-0. The other game saw Nova get by Tigers 2-1 thanks to strikes from Athena Blieske and Amy Cross.
The Silver and Vintage league continue their schedule throughout this week at the Sports Dome.
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PRO WATCH: Even though Jermain Defoe was missing from the lineup, Toronto FC won a huge game on the road, beating Columbus 2-0 over the weekend. With three wins from four games, TFC look to continue the positive start as they take on Colorado this weekend.
UEFA Champions League play continues this week with a couple of the quarter-final ties very much in the balance. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are tied 1-1 after their first leg, as are Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Chelsea needs to turn a 3-1 deficit around against PSG, while Real Madrid holds a comfortable 3-0 lead over Borussia Dortmund.
The National Women’s Soccer League kicks off its second season this week and includes Canada’s Christine Sinclair and the Portland Thorns taking on Houston Dash.
Liverpool is atop the English Premier League with just five games remaining in the schedule. Manchester City sit four points back but do have two games in hand, so with the sides meeting this weekend a huge three points are up for grabs. Meanwhile, Arsenal is in danger of dropping out of the top four after falling 3-0 to Everton. The Blues now sit just behind the Gunners, but hold a game in hand on their rivals.
A big win for the lads from Bournemouth. The Reds knocked off Harry Redknapp and his promotion-chasing QPR 2-1 in front of a full house on Saturday afternoon.

(John Rider’s column runs weekly in The Chronicle-Journal. Reach him with soccer news at jrexp@tbaytel.net)