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USA CUP Alumni

Since 1985 Schwan’s USA CUP has hosted a large variety of famous international soccer players and squads. Some have played in the tournament as youth players; others attended as celebrity guests. Some professional and national teams played friendlies, league games or US Open Cup games at the tournament.

Below is a sampling of some famous Schwan's USA CUP alumni and team appearances.

Former USA CUP Players

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
  • Taylor Twellman – ESPN Analyst, Former MLS and US International
  • Tony Sanneh – Former MLS and US International
  • Manny Lagos – Current Minnesota United FC Sporting Director, Former MLS and US International
  • Leslie Osborne – US International, also made a guest appearance
  • Brianna Scurry – Former USA National Team goalkeeper. Scurry was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in August of 2017.
  • Aya Sameshima – 2011 Women’s World Cup Champion Japan
  • Saki Kumagai – 2011 Women’s World Cup Champion Japan
  • Asuna Tanaka – 2011 Women’s World Cup Champion Japan
  • Niklas Backman – AIK
  • Eric Miller – Colorado Rapids
  • Teal Bunbury – New England Revolution
  • Arthur Biryarslanov – 2015 Gold Medalist Boxer, Pan American Games
  • Brent Kallman -- Minnesota United FC defender, played in USA CUP for Woodbury, Minn. Soccer Club
  • Brian Kallman -- retired Minnesota United FC, Minnesota Stars and Minnesota Thunder player, played in USA CUP for Woodbury, Minn. Soccer Club
  • Ismaila Jome -- Minnesota United FC midfielder, played in USA CUP for Northwest Kickers and Minnesota Thunder Academy. 

Celebrity Guest Appearances at USA CUP

  • Pelé – International Soccer Star
  • Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon International
  • Landon Donovan – US International
  • Roberto Donadoni – Former Italy National Team Coach
  • Sergio Arturo Bernal Hernandez – Former Mexican International UNAM PUMAS
  • Hugo Perez – Former US International and NASL and MISL professional
  • Michelle Akers – Former US International
  • Natasha Kai – Former US International
  • Thori Staples – Former US International

International teams playing friendlies during USA CUP

  • U.S. Women's National Team
  • U.S. Under 17 Boys' National Team
  • Canada Women’s National Team
  • Canada Under 17 Boys' National Team
  • Norway Women’s National Team
  • Australia Women’s National Team
  • Sweden Women’s National Team
  • Ecuador Under 17 Boys' National Team

Major League Soccer (MLS) teams playing games at USA CUP

  • Chicago Fire
  • Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC)
  • LA Galaxy
  • Montreal Impact
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Tampa Bay Mutiny (defunct)
  • Portland Timbers
  • Minnesota United FC

International squads playing games at USA CUP

  • Tottenham Hotspur (Barclay's Premier League) – Academy Team
  • AFC Bournemouth (English Premier League)
  • Burnley (English Championship)
  • Club León Fútbol Club (Liga MX)
  • Cruz Azul (Mexico Primera) – Academy Team
  • CSD Cumunicaciones (Guatamala Liga Nacional)
  • Dorados de Sinaloa (Mexico Liga de Ascenso)
  • Guadalajara Chivas (Mexico Primera)
  • Swansea City AFC (English Premier League)