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Top soccer teams set for West Coast Showcase that begins Thursday

One of the best boys’ soccer tournaments of the season begins on Thursday. The West Coast Showcase will take place at Downey, Paramount, Warren and Bell Gardens. Championship games will be played on Saturday at Downey.

The field features 16 teams that played in the playoffs last season, six state participants, three section champions and a defending regional champion.

Teams are from Arizona, Central California and Southern California.

They include Paramount, Bellflower, Clovis, Granada Hills and Palos Verdes. Paramount won a regional title, Granada Hills won the City Division I title, and Bellflower and Clovis are defending section champions.

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