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.
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.
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.
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