The 18th edition of the Rogue Valley Cup, a three-day soccer tournament, will welcome 135 teams from Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California this weekend.

The 18th edition of the Rogue Valley Cup, a three-day soccer tournament, will welcome 135 teams from Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California this weekend.

The tourney is one of the largest single-weekend events of any kind in Jackson County.

Action begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and ends with title matches Monday morning.

Contests will take place at North and South Medford high schools, Fichtner-Mainwaring Park and U.S. Cellular Community Park. A total of 306 matches will be played on 16 fields at the four different venues.

Around 2,500 participants, with ages ranging from 10 to 19, registered to participate, with 70 percent being premier-caliber players.

Eighty-seven teams are from Oregon, with 43 boys squads and 44 girls teams. Eighteen Medford boys teams and 20 girls teams will compete, as well as seven Ashland teams and 12 squads from Grants Pass.

The event stimulates the local economy: Approximately 8,300 parents and siblings accompany the teams, many staying for four days and three nights.

In the U19 boys championship game last spring, Julian Solorio scored twice and Malibu FC, a team from Fresno, Calif., shut out previously undefeated Rogue Valley Soccer Club Arsenal 4-0 in a contentious contest at Hoffbuhr Field.

In the girls U19 finals, Riley Smith scored the game-winning goal as the RVSC Fusion edged Nevada Pride 1-0 to conclude a perfect weekend.

This year, the RVSC Fuego boys and Fusion girls are each coming off Oregon State Cup victories. The squads will compete in the U19 division.

The Fusion beat Grants Pass Nitro 3-0 in the Oregon State Cup title game. The squad also captured first place in February's Las Vegas Mayor's Cup, which is billed as the largest youth soccer tournament in the United States. Around 330 teams from 26 states and seven countries competed.

Fuego ran past Pacific FC 4-2 in the boys State Cup finals.

After competing in the Rogue Valley Cup, both squads will participate in the Region 4 championships — which will feature teams from 13 other states — in Boise, Idaho, in June. At stake will be a berth in July's national competition in Phoenix, Ariz.

Other teams to watch include the U17-16 RVSC Barcelona boys and U16 RVSC Reign United girls, who were both State Cup finalists. The Reign is coached by St. Mary's girls head coach Dave Potter.

The U16 RVSC Power Strikers girls reached the Mayor's Cup finals and will also be competing in the Rogue Valley Cup.

The U19 boys title match is at U.S. Cellular Community Park at 10 a.m. Monday, while the U19 girls championship is at North Medford High School at 10 a.m.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com