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Boys Soccer: Winter Soccer Classic, Pre-Season Rankings

The Winter Soccer Classic is always a great way to start the boys soccer season, and it’s only three weeks away. This year, there are three brackets, instead of two, a gold, silver and bronze. Take a look at who is participating.

Gold

Teams: California, Castro Valley, Deer Valley, Foothill, Granada, Logan, Newark Memorial, San Leandro.

Nov. 21: Deer Valley v. San Leandro (at Livermore High); Cal at Newark (Cal High); Foothill v. Castro Valley (Foothill High); Granada v. Logan (Granada High).

Nov. 26: San Leandro v. Cal (Cal High); Castro Valley v. Deer Valley (Granada High); Newark v. Granada (Granada High); Logan v. Foothill (Foothill High).

Nov. 28: Newark v. Deer Valley (Livermore High); Granada v. Castro Valley (Granada High); Cal v. Logan (Cal High); Foothill v. San Leandro (Foothill High).

Dec. 1: Finals TBA.

Silver

Teams: Acalanes, Arroyo, Campolindo, Freedom, Heritage, Las Lomas, Livermore, Ygnacio Valley.

Nov. 21: Livermore v. Arroyo (Livermore High); Acalanes v. Heritage (Acalanes High); Las Lomas v. YV (Dougherty Valley High); Campolindo v. Freedom (Granada High).

Nov. 26: Heritage v. Las Lomas (Livermore High); YV v. Livermore (Livermore High); Freedom v. Acalanes (Acalanes High); Arroyo v. Campolindo (Dougherty Valley High).

Nov. 28: Livermore v. Freedom (Livermore High); Acalanes v. YV (Acalanes High); Las Lomas v. Arroyo (Dougherty Valley High); Campolindo v. Heritage (Granada High).

Dec. 1: Finals TBA.

Bronze

Teams: Albany, Alhambra, American, Antioch, Irvington, Miramonte, Mission San Jose, Northgate.

Nov. 21: Northgate v. Antioch (Cal High); MSJ v. Miramonte (Foothill High); Alhambra v. American (Acalanes High); Irvington v. Albany (Dougherty Valley High).

Nov. 26: Miramonte v. Irvington (Cal High); Antioch v. American (Foothill High); Alhambra v. MSJ (Acalanes High); Albany v. Northgate (Dougherty Valley High).

Nov. 28: Irvington v. Antioch (Cal High); MSJ v. Albany (Foothill High); Northgate v. Alhambra (Acalanes High); American v. Miramonte (Dougherty Valley High).

Dec. 1: Finals TBA.

Rankings

Here are the pre-season rankings for the East Bay. I’m sure much will be sorted out once the season starts.

1. De La Salle
2. Richmond
3. Ygnacio Valley
4. San Ramon Valley
5. Bishop O’Dowd
6. Acalanes
7. Pittsburg
8. California
9. Newark Memorial
10. Hayward
11. Clayton Valley
12. Dublin
13. Amador Valley
14. Campolindo
15. Monte Vista

Others Considered: Berkeley, Dougherty Valley, Albany, Pinole Valley, Logan, College Park, Granada, Concord, Piedmont, Miramonte.

Matt Smith