The collective soccer experience of the minds behind this year’s Schwan’s USA CUP is understandably vast. From sporting officials and marketing professionals, to FIFA-caliber referees and Minnesota soccer aficionados, it takes a small army of experienced personnel to keep America’s largest youth soccer tournament running.
But one of those show-runners, MLS veteran Tom Soehn, has a bit more soccer experience than most.
Minnesota State Senator Michelle Benson has spent the past three years establishing her own political presence in Saint Paul, where the district 31 senator has been representing Anoka, Isanti and Sherburn counties since 2010.
But for all of the challenges that the senator faces each day at the capitol, she and her family decided to take on a new challenge at this year’s Schwan’s USA CUP: home-staying an international player.
The 2013 Schwan’s Medallion Hunt ended earlier than organizers expected when the medallion was found Thursday morning by Sisters Amanda and Rachel Dahlin from Andover, Minnesota.
“I found it taped under the seat but didn’t believe it was the medallion and had to double check,” said Amanda, who is playing this week for the North Metro Bombers U13 team from Andover.
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