Manny Lagos sits atop the peak of American soccer. Lagos had a successful career for various Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, and represented the United States on the world’s largest stage, scoring a goal for the national team at the 1992 Olympics. Today he is the Sporting Director for Minnesota United FC (MNUFC), Minnesota’s premier professional soccer team. Yet throughout all of his incredible experiences, playing youth soccer at the Schwan’s USA CUP remains a highlight for Lagos.
When Schwan’s USA CUP director Jen Een and international team recruiter Clinton LaBeau landed in Haiti last April, they were shocked at what they saw. The game of soccer was still embedded into Haitian culture, but it looked a lot different than what they were used to. The soccer field was in a parking lot, garbage was piled along the street and clean water was hard to come by. But perhaps the most shocking part of it all was the positive energy that radiated throughout the slums
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.
Schwan’s USA CUP is about more than just soccer, and with a new year comes a new tradition. Be sure to follow @usacupsoccer on Instagram to be part of our daily scavenger hunt. Each day starting on Friday, July 14, we will be posting a photo of a different location on the NSC campus.