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Classic serves as gateway to rankings

Updated: August 13, 2009, 1:44 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Each soccer season, a number of tournaments -- usually regional in scope -- have the ability to alter the landscape of the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings.

Looking ahead to the 2009 fall boys' soccer season, the Gateway Classic, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 in Collinsville, Ill., remains the lynchpin high school event. Six of the preseason FAB 50 teams will compete in an event that features representatives from nine states.

The main draw will be a pair of eight-team tournament brackets. ...

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