Players, coaches, and visitors at this year’s Schwan’s USA CUP have an exciting opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the training routine of Minnesota’s top professional soccer team. Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) will host an open practice Friday, July 14, at the NSC Stadium (field U1), as they prepare to take on Atlas FC of Liga MX, Mexico’s top soccer league.
Friday’s training session will be vital to Minnesota United’s success heading into a match-up with Atlas FC of Liga MX.
MNUFC will take the field at 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, running drills and scrimmages to hone their skills for their tough international opponents. The Loons hope the day’s practice will enforce positive habits and cement strategy before the two teams square off in an international friendly at TCF Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, July 15 at 7:30p.m.
The training facilities for the newly-anointed Major League Soccer (MLS) team remain located at the National Sports Center (NSC), despite a move to downtown Minneapolis for matches. Minnesota United has a newly renovated locker room, a spacious players’ lounge, and a state of the art weight training facility on campus at the NSC.
Minnesota United and the NSC have partnered to provide a unique and memorable experience to USA CUP participants after the MNUFC players conclude the day’s training. Attendees of the practice will have the opportunity to meet their favorite MNUFC players immediately after practice ends. A MNUFC staff member will escort fans to a location to meet their favorite players. An informal Q&A featuring members of Minnesota United’s coaching staff will also be held on the Stadium Terrace at 12:15p.m.
MNUFC is furthering its commitment to the USA CUP this summer, hoping to develop the National Sports Center (NSC) into a premier soccer destination in North America through close cooperation between professional and amateur soccer organizations. The opportunity for USA CUP youth players to meet local professional soccer talent aims to motivate young players to continue to play the beautiful game and hopefully build a strong affection for the Loons outside of Minnesota.
Minnesota United Sporting Director Manny Lagos, views the open training session and other MNUFC events throughout the USA CUP as mutually beneficial for the youth and professional players.
“You have the kids here dreaming about someday becoming professional soccer players, and to have those kids involved and around our pros makes this a very cool experience for everyone involved,” Lagos said.
Minnesota United will host another open training session during the weeklong Schwan’s USA CUP tournament on Thursday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, also complete with an ensuing autograph session and coaches’ Q&A.
Tag(s): July 13, 2017