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Copa Latina soccer tournament will be moved to fall

 
 
Blue Star Honduras’ Geovany Lopera celebrates with the 2013 Copa Latina championship trophy after Blue Star Honduras defeated Haiti All Stars, 3-2, in the Copa Latina final at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah on March 10, 2013.
Blue Star Honduras’ Geovany Lopera celebrates with the 2013 Copa Latina championship trophy after Blue Star Honduras defeated Haiti All Stars, 3-2, in the Copa Latina final at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah on March 10, 2013.
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After two decades as a fixture in the late winter and spring months, Copa Latina will be moved to the fall. The popular soccer tournament will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14. The 22nd annual event will remain at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah.

“We felt it was time to try new ways to create more interest and, as they say, timing is everything,” said Tom Mulroy, Copa Latina founder and president. “This move will be a test in order for us to see the benefits of the change of calendar on our players and teams, as well as the sponsors and community.”

The 32-team single-elimination tournament features squads representing South Florida’s cross section of nationalities. Last year’s tournament attracted more than 23,000 fans during its five-week run, according to organizers.

Defending champion Blue Star Honduras will seek its third consecutive title when Copa Latina returns in November. Blue Star defeated the Haiti All-Stars in the 2013 tournament final.

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