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Chayse Van Velkinburgh rules the pitch. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

Chayse remains on the chase.

Incoming Coupeville Middle School 6th grader Chayse Van Velkinburgh is spending a good chunk of his summer pursuing his soccer dreams.

The speedy pitch king spent this weekend playing with the 2010 Rangers FC Gold, a squad which is mainly comprised of players older than Van Velkinburgh.

The team claimed 2nd place in their division at the Crossfire Select Cup in Redmond, narrowly edged out 4-3 in the championship tilt.

Van Velkinburgh, who has been playing 9 vs 9 on a shortened field, stepped up and accepted the challenge of playing 11 vs 11 on a full soccer pitch.

He crashed home a goal, while handing out three assists from his position at left wing back.

Celebrating a strong finish at the Crossfire Challenge Cup.

Van Velkinburgh plans to go full-tilt the rest of the summer, as well.

He has a two-day camp coming up on his schedule, followed by high-level tournaments the next two weekends.

Once the calendar hits August, Van Velkinburgh will try out for the Elite Player Development Program, which is run by Washington Youth Soccer.

That program is set up to “identify and select players of the highest caliber and potential on a continuing and consistent basis, which leads to increased success at the regional and national level.”

EPD fields two teams — one from the Western half of the state, and one from the Eastern.

Tryouts are Aug. 8-10, with callbacks later in the month.

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