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Tampa tournament is on the rebound

Updated: December 18, 2009, 10:14 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPN RISE

Despite its bland title, the story behind the 16th High School Invitational Soccer Tournament is quite interesting.

This boys' soccer event hosted by Tampa Jesuit and played at the Ed Radice Soccer Complex was once a national showcase for winter soccer, attracting elite programs from Arizona, Florida, California, Louisiana and Texas. Then, escalating travel costs, a declining economy and a threatened reduction in matches appeared to doom the tournament.

Now, the event is experiencing ...

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