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Local families host international soccer teams during USA CUP

Blaine, Minn. (July 24, 2013) -- They might have had a hard time talking to each other, but a group of young teenage boys from the United States and Japan could still kick a soccer ball around a circle, face off in an impromptu sumo wrestling match and cheer each other on. (ABC Newspapers, Minn.)

Big Sky U17 girls win USA Cup title

Missoula, Mont. (July 23, 2013) -- One week they’re getting tips from Catalan coaches, the next they’re winning international tournaments.

The Missoula Big Sky girls under-17 soccer team won their division at the USA Cup in Blaine, Minn., this past weekend, taking a title in the largest youth soccer tournament in North America. (The Missoulian)

Eclipse girls bring home championship trophy

Fairbanks, Alaska (July 21, 2013) — Among the items that the Eclipse 2000 U-13 girls soccer team is bringing home from their trip to Minnesota is a championship trophy from the Schwan’s USA Cup International Tournament.

The 18-member squad from the Interior finished unbeaten in the five-day tournament in Blaine, Minn., which attracted than 1,000 youth teams from 17 states and 17 countries. (Fairbanks News Miner)

Haitian Team, brought to Minnesota by hometown pro, take second at Schwan’s USA CUP

Minneapolis, Minn. (July 20, 2013) – An international soccer team, that’s overcome incredible odds, gets to bring home some hardware for a job well done. (WCCO Television)

Heat Wave Arrives for Schwan's USA Cup

BLAINE, Minn. (July 19, 2013) -- Right on cue, the hottest week of the summer arrived as thousands of people converged on Blaine for the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. (CTN News, Coon Rapids, Minn.)

Spokes and Spanish

Carlton, Minn. (July 19, 2013) -- Bikes, flip-flops and Spanish-peppered discussions flavored Carlton’s streets last week.Participants in the Colombian Youth Soccer Team, organized through Primavera Camping Tours, chose to visit Carlton during their American travels. Gathering from across the state, they visited Carlton Bike Rental and Repair for a scenic bike trip. (Carlton County Pine Journal)

Schwan’s USA CUP streamed on over 37,500 screens with Sport Ngin broadcast

Blaine, Minn. (July 18, 2013) -- Sport Ngin, a leading provider of web and mobile-based software solutions for youth, amateur and professional sports organizations, today announced that viewers in 16 countries around the world have picked up streams from Schwan’s USA CUP. In total, over 37,500 screens have tuned in to watch opening ceremonies or any of the games on the U1 and U2 fields. (PR Web)

Soccer player won't let brain cancer stop him

Minneapolis, Minn. (July 18, 2013) -- Hours before Zeffen Thurow took the field at the National Sports Center to participate in the Schwan’s USA Cup opening ceremony, he still couldn’t quite describe how lucky he felt to have been chosen to help light the large torch in the far corner of the Blaine stadium. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Tremendous energy helps electrify magical USA CUP opening ceremony

Blaine, Minn. (July 18, 2013) -- Through the weekend and opening day of the 29th annual Schwan’s USA CUP the competition has been fierce. Conditions have been seasonably warm with an equally strong passion from the global soccer community. (ABC Newspapers)

Schwan's USA Cup in full swing amidst heat

Blaine, Minn. (July 17, 2013) --  The Schwan's USA CUP in Blaine is bracing for another day of sweltering heat. (KARE TV)

USA Cup: Soccer is the constant for Japanese tsunami survivors

Blaine, Minn. (July 17, 2013) -- Twenty-eight months have passed since Japan was ravaged by a tsunami. Although the natural disaster might have slipped from the American public's consciousness, there are a couple of reminders in Minnesota this week.

Ayaka Ishimori and Asuka Ono were both near the damage on March 11, 2011, and both are in Blaine this week for the Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer tournament at the National Sports Center. (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)

Schwan's USA Cup Draws Haitian Soccer Players to Blaine

Blaine, Minn. (July 16, 2013) -- The Schwan's USA Cup draws thousands of young soccer players from around the world to Blaine every summer. That includes a team of young men from Haiti. (KSTP Television)

Schwan's USA Cup teams cope with high heat

Blaine, Minn. (July 16, 2013) -- More than 1,000 teams from 17 states and 17 countries are competing this week in the 2013 Schwan's USA Cup despite this week's extreme heat. Players have come to accept that heat is just part of the global game. It wouldn't be the USA Cup without it. (KARE Television)

Schwan’s USA CUP great for Minnesota businesses

Blaine, Minn. (July 16, 2013) -- The 25,000 spectators and athletes in town for the games are hungry. City planners say 20 new restaurants have opened in the area over the last 5 to 10 years, Angela Davis reports. (WCCO Television)

Photo gallery: Schwan's USA CUP youth soccer stars play through muggy heat

More than a thousand teams from 17 states and 17 countries have converged on Blaine for the annual Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer tournament. (Photos by Jeffrey Thompson, Minnesota Public Radio)

Sherman column: USA Cup is a meeting of nations

Blaine, Minn. (July 16, 2013) -- This week at the National Sports Center in Blaine, teams from 17 countries will compete for USA Cup championships.
This meeting of nations is one of my favorite sports events of the year. I will not be following any of the international teams, however, I will be keeping a close eye on the local club teams from the Edina Soccer Association, Hopkins Dynamo, Plymouth Soccer Association, Tonka United and the Wayzata Soccer Club. (Sun Current Newspapers)

Blaine’s USA CUP attracts 25,000 and creates $20M In economic impact

Blaine, Minn. (July 16, 2013) – This week, youth soccer players from 17 countries, and all over the nation, take to the fields at the National Sports Center in Blaine as part of the Schwan's USA CUP the largest soccer tournament in the western hemisphere. (WCCO Television)

Minn. teams win Schwan's USA Cup championship games

Blaine, Minn. (July 14, 2103) -- Minnesota teams won nine championships at the Schwan's USA Cup Weekend Tournament in Blaine, which pitted over 1,000 teams from 17 states and 17 countries against one another. (KMSP Television)

Former soccer pro helps bring Haiti youth to Schwan's USA CUP

Minneapolis, Minn. (July 14, 2013) -- Hundreds of soccer teams are in Blaine this weekend for what’s called the “largest youth sports event in the Western Hemisphere.” One team, however, overcame more than most of us could imagine for a chance to compete.(WCCO Television)

Haitian soccer team revels in chance to play in U.S.

Minneapolis, Minn. (July 14, 2013) -- Despite their long journey from the slums of Haiti's capital to the Schwan's USA Cup in Blaine, the teens say the game they love remains the same. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

From slums to soccer fields; Team Haiti arrives in Blaine

Minneapolis, Minn. (July 12, 2013) -- A team from Haiti is kicking off an opportunity of a lifetime in Blaine at the Schwan's USA Cup. (KARE Television)

Soccer: Thurow still standing tall

Blaine, Minn. (July 12, 2013) -- In early 2008, on his way home to Brainerd following an indoor soccer tournament at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Rod Thurow noticed something was wrong. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch)

With a few changes, USA CUP is set to welcome the world to Blaine for a 29th year
Blaine, Minn. (July 11, 2013) -- The 29th edition of USA CUP, the biggest youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere, is upon us again. (ABC Newspapers)

29th Annual Schwan’s USA CUP Begins in Blaine
Minneapolis, Minn. (July 12, 2013) -- Thousands of athletes will be in Blaine this weekend for the 29th Annual Schwan’s USA CUP. (KSTP TV)

Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club Hosts Colombian Players
Duluth, Minn. (July 11, 2013) - Players with the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club saw some international competition on Thursday on the campus of UMD. (WDIO-TV)

Sport Ngin to Power 2013 Schwan’s USA CUP
Blaine, Minn. (July 12, 2013) -- Sport Ngin, a leading provider of web and mobile-based software solutions for youth, amateur and professional sports organizations, will be powering, and providing on-site technical support for, Schwan’s USA CUP in Blaine, MN during the 10 day soccer tournament held July 12-20. (Money News)

Youth soccer: Schwan's USA Cup features 15,608 players, 1,007 teams, 48 fields
St. Paul, Minn. (July 11, 2013) -- The Western Hemisphere's largest youth soccer tournament begins Friday with 15,608 players on 1,007 teams from around the world converging on 48 fields at the National Sports Center in Blaine for the 29th Schwan's USA Cup. (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)

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