Since 2007 the media team at Schwan’s USA CUP has been streaming the action on fields U1 and U2 via a live webcast, bringing the Western Hemisphere’s largest youth soccer tournament to fans far beyond the boundaries of the National Sports Center’s Blaine, Minn. campus.
But while thousands of viewers have tuned in over the years, for a group of girls from Regina, Saskatchewan, this year’s broadcast means a little bit more.
The 2014 Schwan’s USA CUP marks the 30th anniversary of the tournament and over the course of those years several unique connections and relationships have been made.
Manny Lagos, head coach of Minnesota United FC, Minnesota’s own professional soccer team, played in the inaugural USA CUP back in 1985 and went on to a professional career that included playing time with the U.S. Men’s National Team and five different MLS teams.
Now, the Lagos family will be participating once again at USA CUP, but in a number of roles.
The National Sports Center will not only be host to Schwan’s USA CUP tomorrow night. The Minnesota United FC Loons play their home games at NSC Stadium and they will be taking on the Carolina Railhawks in a North American Soccer League Fall Season game at 7 p.m.
The Loons are coming off a tremendous Spring Season where they went 6-2-1, won the league title and qualified for the NASL playoffs.
"Sipping from the CUP" is the daily news column in The Daily Kick. Each day during Schwan's USA CUP, we'll be using this column to feature short news items, humorous things seen on the campus, and even some gossip! Read and enjoy.
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