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CAYMAN ISLANDS — Academy Sports Club recently entered four teams into the Schwan’s USA Cup football tournament in Minnesota and secured one quarterfinalist position, two semifinalist spots, and one champion trophy at the end of the week-long tournament.
Twin Cities, Minn. — The 32nd edition of the Schwan’s USA Cup, held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, featured over 1,100 teams from around the globe and over 15,000 athletes!
Minnesota was represented by scores of teams, so we went out and had some fun interviews with players from local teams in the metro.
The 32nd USA Cup international youth soccer tournament climaxed in inclement weather July 23. Championship games for all divisions were contested in heavy rains that capped off a weak of stifling heat and humidity.
Minnesota teams captured 11 of the top-level gold division championships. Kansas and Illinois each grabbed one.
A Mississauga-based boys’ soccer team has won a prestigious international tournament.
The Rush Canada Academy 2003 Blue squad won the under-13 Gold division, the top tier, at the 32nd annual Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine, Minnesota. In the final on July 23, Rush Canada Academy defeated Esporte Club Pinherios Futebol Blue of Brazil 3-0.
Ramon Rodrigues has refereed at the USA Cup for the past 15 years and is ecstatic every year he is able to come back.
“I love this tournament. In Brazil, the referees are not treated as well as I am here. The culture here is wonderful and the people treat me great,” Rodrigues said. “The first year I was here, they were very accepting, so it is very important to me to come back.”
The soccer community came together at the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine this week.
Earlier this week, a girls team from Haiti played a team from the North Metro Soccer Association. During the game, several people noticed the girls from Haiti had shoes that did not fit right.
So, after a number of Facebook posts and emails, other teams responded.
They donated 130 pairs of soccer shoes for the girls from Haiti to choose from.
Twin Cities, Minn. — No one might be more thankful for the break in the temperatures than the thousands of players and fans filling soccer fields in Blaine all week long for one of the biggest international youth soccer competitions, the Schwan’s USA Cup.
Even a team from Mexico City says temperatures in triple digits this week have been a struggle.
Eclipse soccer clubs go 2-1 in second day of USA Cup in Minnesota (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, July 21, 2106)
FAIRBANKS — The Eclipse 99/00 boys soccer team registered its second straight shutout of the Schwan’s USA Cup on Wednesday and put itself in contention to seal first place in its pool of the tournament in Blaine, Minnesota.
The Eclipse 99/00 improved to 2-0-0 in pool B of the boys 17U silver division after a 9-0 win over the Euro FC Vasco, of Minnesota.
The Interior squad opened the tournament with Tuesday’s 10-0 win over the Blaine Chaos.
Thousands gathered at Blaine’s National Sports Center July 19 to witness the 2016 USA Cup international youth soccer tournament opening ceremony.
Players sporting team jerseys or dressed in native apparel paraded in front of cheering spectators during the parade of nations, the USA Cup caldron was lit, skydivers flew, fireworks erupted and the tournament was celebrated with “Olympic-style” fervor.
USA Cup Weekend festivities wrapped up July 17 with championship games deciding winners in all divisions.
Sweden’s Rudbeckianska U19 boys and U19 girls each took home weekend championship trophies. The boys’ 3-1 win over the Thunder Bay Chill from Thunder Bay, Ontario marked the second consecutive championship title for the Rudbeckianska boys. The boys also hoped to claim victory in the weeklong tournament as well – a tournament they won in the 2015 USA Cup.
Imagine having to work or even play soccer in this extreme heat Minnesota is going through right now. That is exactly what's going on over at the National Sports Center in Blaine. More than 1,000 teams are taking part in the USA Schwan's Cup.
Early Wednesday, Panama played Argentina. Argentina lost 2-0. Brice Bockin was the head referee running up and down the field. You could see the heat was wearing him down.
USA Cup puts game plan in place to beat the heat (ABC Newspapers, July 19, 2016)
With stifling heat and tropical humidity in the forecast this week, USA Cup organizers put a game plan in place to prevent calamity during the international youth soccer tournament games.
Academy Sports Club traveled to Blaine, Minnesota this past weekend for the commencement of the 32nd Schwan USA Cup, the largest football tournament in the western hemisphere.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. - The Haitian girls soccer team, in Minnesota for the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine, spent Monday packing meals at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids.
It’s the same food they eat after it’s shipped to their home country.
The discovery comes in January, when the temperature in the quaint village dips into the 20s and the soccer players show up wearing five pairs of socks.
“You can see who really wants it in the wintertime,” said 14-year-old Eva Schram. “You see who is there because it’s fun and who is there because it’s their passion.”
The 32nd Schwan's USA Cup kicks off Friday at the National Sports Center in Blaine. It is the Western Hemisphere's biggest soccer event, and the fourth largest in the world.
When games at the Schwan’s USA Cup are delayed because of storms, the late arrivals of teams or referees, or serious player injuries, a Blaine couple ensures everyone is on the same page.
For the past 15 years, Paul and Nancy Terry have served in the radio operations center at the Schwan’s USA Cup held annually at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Guðrún Inga Marinósdóttir plays soccer atop a grassy hill overlooking the sea.
For the Icelandic 16-year old soccer is a way of life, a “hobby” she pursues with passion even during her island country’s icy winter months.
The biggest international youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere comes to town next week.
The 32nd annual USA Cup hosts a record number 1,178 teams – 25 more than last year – and more than 16,000 players from 19 states and 19 countries from around the world.
A girls 16-and-under soccer team from the Blackhawks youth soccer club in the Midway Como area will carry memories of a late teammate at the USA Cup on July 19-23.
Fischer Anderson, a St. Paul Central student and a defender for the Blackhawks U16 girls team, passed away in January. Blackhawks U16 players will wear a patch with Anderson’s No. 23 patched on their jerseys at the upcoming tournament.