Thursday Kicks: College soccer update & more

Continuing to get caught up on things:

*INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA will keep the men’s and women’s soccer College Cups at separate sites and on separate weekends.

The decision comes after two years of debating whether to combine the events.

Proponents contended it would cost less money to combine the championships.

Opponents argued that field conditions would be problematic and that it would could cause scheduling conflicts for conference tourneys and NCAA preliminary round games.

This year’s men’s College Cup will be held Dec. 9-11 in Hoover, Ala. The women’s College Cup is Dec. 2-4 at Kennesaw State, north of Atlanta.

*Loyola Marymount has announced it has signed nine male high school seniors to letters of intent including locals Juan De Rada, a midfielder from Canyon Country (Golden Valley High); Ryan Felix, a defensive midfielder from Corona (Santiago High); Jack McCracken, a midfielder from Manhattan Beach (Mira Costa High); Vince Paldino, a 6’2″ goalkeeper from Torrance (North High); and Dylan Seedman, a forward from Laguna Niguel (JSerra High) who plays with Paldino on the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy U-18 team.

*Lastly, the fifth annual Croatian Small Goals Tournament will be held once again on the Memorial Day weekend in San Pedro. Entries are now being accepted in competitive and recreational divisions. Info: Peter@Adriatictours.com

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group columnist and blogger Nick Green writes about soccer at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!