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Cabell County sees $16M soccer tourney impact

Photo for The Herald-Dispatch by Larry Butcher  Pennsylvania East soccer players celebrate their win against New York East during the U-18 Boys US Youth Soccer Region I Championship finals, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Cabell Midland High School.
Photo for The Herald-Dispatch by Larry Butcher
Pennsylvania East soccer players celebrate their win against New York East during the U-18 Boys US Youth Soccer Region I Championship finals, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Cabell Midland High School.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — As the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championship Tournament wrapped up its final games on Tuesday, those participating and organizing the event offered rave reviews of the region and all the work that goes into making it a success.

“This is a great day,” said Gzim Derti, of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. “We enjoyed our time here in West Virginia, and winning made it even better.”

Derti watched his 18-year-old son Byron win the regional championship with Lehigh Valley United 97, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, at Cabell Midland High School field in Ona on Tuesday in the Boys Under-18 bracket.

“This is the second time we have come to this area and the second time we have won here, so I guess you could say we may like it here a lot…

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