Sports Briefs for July 17

Semi-pro men’s soccer team forming

So Samba FC will start in the spring of 2014 as the Gorge’s only semi-pro soccer club. Tryouts for the adult (18 and over) men’s team will be held July 20, 4-7 p.m., and July 21, 9 a.m. to noon at the Wy’east Middle School soccer fields. Sign-ups for the tryouts are free if done by July 19 or $10 if done the day-of.

So Samba FC will be one of the only Brazilian-style soccer clubs in the country and will partner with EC Taubate Brazil, a training program for international players.

Players wanting to try out can fill out forms at Marco Sports on 12th Street in Hood River or contact Coach Samba at or by calling 541-708-1112.

Bilingual youth soccer clinic Aug. 8

The Portland Timbers soccer program is hosting a bilingual soccer clinic for Hood River-area players Aug. 8, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. The free clinic will be a unique opportunity for young players to work with some of the state’s top coaches through the Somos Timbers youth program. Pre-registration is required and a cap of 125 players has been set. To register or for more information, contact Pepi Rivera at 541-399-3362.

Youth flag football sign-ups are open

A new offering this year by Hood River Community Education, flag football for first- and second-graders is now open to registration. The co-ed league is non-contact and is aimed at providing youngsters with a chance to have fun together and learn the basic rules, formations and skills in of football. Players will meet twice a week and will be divided into teams for games. Registration is $50, players will meet starting Aug. 8 and games will run September through early October.

For more information, to register or to volunteer as a coach see HRCE’s website at or call 541-386-2055.

Youth football signups open

Gorge Tackle Football League: For players grades 3/4 and 5/6, league starts Aug. 12, with registration open now. $100 registration fee includes use of protective equipment. Practices will be twice a week and the season will consist of six games.

Middle School Football: Two Hood River County teams will be formed – one for seventh-graders and one for eighth-graders. Practices start Aug. 19.

To sign up: Visit or call 541-386-2055.

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