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The Daily Kick: July 16, 2011

Jamaican' their way to the CUP

07/16/2011, 2:44pm CDT
By Karly Wallack

Each year Schwan's USA Cup attracts thousands of soccer enthusiasts from around the world, and for teams and referees making the trip to the United States can be no small feat. For the Jamaican referees, months of collaboration and planning are put into making a successful trip, but the hassle seems to be worth it all once they've finally arrived.

What does it take to be a guest player

07/16/2011, 1:55pm CDT
By Tiffany Willits

It is surprising the various reasons that guest players choose to play at Schwan's USA CUP. The USA CUP guest player program is designed for coaches that are short players due to injury as well as any other conflicting commitments. The guest player program connects coaches with players who want to have a great USA CUP experience and each team can have up to six guest players. 

Weather delay puts damper on USA CUP opening day

07/16/2011, 1:06pm CDT
By Alex Hauter

 Extreme weather in July is nothing new to Minnesota, but the presence of thunderstorms or high heat still throws a wrench into tournament scheduling. The Schwan's USA CUP, presented by Puma, got off to an auspicious start Friday morning as lightning, thunder and heavy rains came rolling into Blaine, prompting a five-hour delay in opening-day play.

 With last Saturday's much-needed win against the league-leading Carolina RailHawks, the NSC Minnesota Stars gained three much-needed points and put an end to a disappointing string of draws at home. The Stars currently sit in fourth place in the North American Soccer League, but can climb up the table with a win Sunday night against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the defending second division champions who lead the Stars by just one point in the league table. FC Edmonton, three points ahead of the Stars in second place, is also in striking distance.

NSC Webcasting for Opening Ceremony!

07/16/2011, 11:00am CDT
By Admin

 The NSC Webcasting team wants to let you know of an exciting opportunity for you to share your experience here at Schwan's USA CUP Opening Ceremony with all of your family and friends back home!

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