Minnesota teams capture nine championships; Canada and Japan win titles for international teams
BLAINE, Minn. (July 19, 2014) – The 30th annual Schwan’s USA CUP wrapped up on Saturday, July 19 with championship games for all divisions.
This year’s tournament featured a record turnout of 1,060 teams from 21 states and 19 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The weekend and week-long tournaments together will generate an estimated $20.4 million in economic impact.
Minnesota clubs won nine titles, with Minneapolis United leading the chase with four championship cups. The St. Croix Academy, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Blaine Soccer Club, Woodbury Soccer Club and the Euro Soccer Club from Rochester won a single championship each.
Among international representatives, Canada came away with two championships and Japan one. Illinois, Maryland and Wisconsin were the U.S. states with titles.
Here are the final scores and game summaries for the top division at each age level:
11 Boys Gold Division:
Minneapolis United Black 4, Ela Red, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1.
ELA looked good early, as they were quick to press United into a defensive strategy. Atletico Madrid Academy guest player Federico Oliva beat three defenders in the 10th minute to make the score 1-0. The score would remain 1-0 until United mounted an attack to tie up the game 1-1 just before half.
After halftime it was all United. Will Sylvain struck a free kick from 20 yards out to put United ahead and they did not look back. The momentum of the game had shifted.
The score of the game would end 4-1 United with later goals by Aidan Smith and Jackson Lagos.
11 Boys Silver Division:
Colegio Cristobal Colon, Mexico City, Mex. 5, St. Paul United, Minn. 2.
11 Girls Gold Division:
Ela Red, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1, Minnesota Thunder Academy 03 Blue, New Hope, Minn. 0.
Early in the game possession for both teams was equal with only few chances created. In approximately the 10th minute, following a shot on goal, Haley Brousseau of Ela began to push forward and create some close opportunities. MTA defender Amalia Villalobos stood strong with her back line and goalie to fend off the attacks by ELA.
At half time the score remained 0-0, however MTA came out ready to fight in the second half. Jordyn Saddler created some chances near ELA’s goal, but was stopped by Ela’s goalkeeper Marrissa Cummings.
After a foul committed by MTA outside the box around the 60th minute, ELA’s Alaina Malak struck a well hit free kick to beat the MTA keeper and score.
This would be the only goal of the game and ELA went on to win the championship in a 1-0 victory.
11 Girls Silver Division:
Kenosha Crew, Kenosha, Wis. 4, JOTP Flamengo, St. Paul, Minn. 1
12 Boys 11 v 11 Gold Division:
St. Croix Academy, Stillwater, Minn. 2, MTA 02 Blue, New Hope, Minn. 0.
A first-half defensive battle between St. Croix Academy and Minnesota Thunder Academy 02 Blue saw both teams get few chances.
However, midway through the second half St. Croix Academy forward Andrew netted the game’s first goal. He was able to take a pass and turn with it shaking him free from his defender.
Johnson added his second goal and some breathing room for St. Croix a couple minutes later. From there St. Croix was able to hold of any attacks from MTA and preserve their 2-0 victory.
12 Boys Gold Division:
Minneapolis United 1, Keliix Intra, Minneapolis, Minn. 0.
12 Boys Silver Division:
ACE North, Milwaukee, Wis. 2, Tenancingo, Mexico City, Mex. 1.
12 Girls 11 v 11 Gold Division:
Minnesota Thunder Academy, Twin Cities, Minn. 3, Foothills 02, Calgary, Alberta 0.
The 12 girls match opened up with a quick goal from MTA Inferno. In the 4th minute of play, Jessica Hanley took a corner kick to Paige Peltier who tapped it in low past the keeper, Olivia Clague.
The Inferno kept the pressure on Calgary throughout the first half, with some near misses and high excitement from both teams. The first half closed 1-0, Inferno.
In the second half, play was concentrated in the middle of the field, with a lot of strong defensive play by both teams. In the 47th minute, MTA’s second goal was put in by Kaitlyn McBean, as she drew out the Calgary keeper Katie French with some quick footwork.
The MTA Inferno made another quick goal in the 49th minute to bring the score to 3-0. Sinead Goulding took a pass from Kaitlyn McBean and snuck another ball past Calgary’s French.
The Inferno were able to maintain their shutout of Calgary as the game wound down, and MTA Inferno won the 12 girls gold division with a final score of 3-0.
12 Girls Gold Division:
Winnipeg Phoenix, Manitoba 2, NSSA Blue Crew, Shoreview-Roseville, Minn. 1.
12 Girls Silver Division:
Minneapolis United Heat, Minn. 2, CRSA Angry Birds, Coon Rapids, Minn. 0.
13 Boys Gold Division:
ACE North Premier, Milwaukee, Wis. 3, Minnesota Thunder Academy 01 Blue, Minneapolis, Minn. 2.
The game opened with fast, aggressive play from ACE, who kept the pressure on the whole match. ACE North took the lead with a cross to the far side by Juan Argueta in the 13th minute. MTA was unable to respond for the balance of the first half.
The second half opened with a flurry of activity. Just after the open, ACE North player Osvaldo Sanchez made the team’s second goal at the 36th minute by converting an ACE North throw-in into a goal.
At the 44th minute, MTA responded with a penalty kick goal from Sean Knoblauch, who took the PK after a handball was called against ACE North.
ACE North secured their third goal at the 46th minute on a breakaway by Rodrigo Ruiz who brought it in close and tucked his shot up into the top left corner.
The 64th minute brought a boost to MTA, with a goal from Josh Miller who took the pass from Loren Altman on a quick break.
MTA had the tying goal in their grasp when they were awarded a free kick at the 67th minute. The kick was deflected with a header into the cross bar, and then rebounded loose in front but was nudged just wide left of the goal and out of play.
MTA wasn’t able to respond by the end of the match, and ACE Premier North won the 13 boys gold division 3-2.
13 Boys Silver Division:
Academy Sports Club, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 3, Boca Juniors Tenancingo, Mexico City 0.
13 Girls Gold Division:
Gloucester Impact, Gloucester, Ontario 2, STMA United, St. Michael, Minn. 0.
The game started off with neither team controlling a demanding possession., however this would change midway through the first half after a goal by Impact player Sarrah Gebru.
Things started to get very physical after halftime resulting in a yellow card received by STMA’s Kyra Winslow.
Defensively United stayed strong and physical until they gave up a second goal to Gloucester’s Gebru.
United made some late chances on goal however could not put one in the back of the net. The score ended 2-0 in victory for the Canadians.
13 Girls Silver Division:
CMYSA Burn, St. Cloud, Minn. 3, Crestmoor/Cranmer GoldenHawks, Denver, Colo. 0.
14 Boys Super Group:
Minneapolis United, Twin Cities, Minn. 3, ACE North Premier, Milwaukee, Wis. 2.
A quick strike for Minneapolis United got the scoring started early. Till Konczak took the corner kick and with the help of the wind bent the ball into the net. ACE responded with two goals of their own from Manuel Barajas, including a clever chip to put ACE ahead 2-1. ACE held onto the lead late into the second half.
Minneapolis United was not finished. Chang Yang tapped in a close range shot off a rebound. The first shot from Minneapolis United rocketed off the crossbar and then straight down before it bounced right back up off the crossbar and to the feet of Yang. Minneapolis completed the comeback when Matthew Lindberg slipped behind the ACE defense and slid a shot on the ground past the keeper to give Minneapolis United a 3-2 win.
14 Boys Gold Division:
Futbol Consultants, Alajuelita, Costa Rica 5, Chicago Kickers, Chicago, Ill. 4.
14 Boys Silver Division:
La Herradura, Mexico City, Mex. 6, NSSA, Roseville, Minn. 1.
14 Girls Gold Division:
North London Galaxy, London, Ontario 1, vs. North Metro Hurricanes, Andover, Minn. 0.
North London Galaxy dominated much of play in this championship final but only managed to score one goal which but that was enough to earn them the U14 Girls Gold Division championship 1-0.
After hitting the crossbar and the goalpost in the first half, the Galaxy’s MacKenzie Edge headed home a cross from Haleigh Cole ten minutes into the second half. Cole had menaced the Hurricane defense down the right wing much of the first half but her crosses were met with near-misses.
North London’s midfield controlled play through the first 50 minutes and never allowed the Hurricanes to generate much momentum towards goal. When North Metro did get into the final third the Galaxy’s backline was anchored by Ivan Rozek who deftly held the backline together, garnering North London a true team victory.
14 Girls Silver Division:
ACE Soccer Club, Racine, Wis. 2, MTA Academy, Plymouth, Minn. 1.
15 Boys Gold Division:
Minneapolis United Premier, Twin Cities, Minn. 2, Ela Elite, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1.
The 15 boys gold division opened with strong defensive play from both teams. In the 38th minute, Minneapolis United’s Juan Louis made a push up the side and took a shot on goal, which was deflected, but Mathew Gibbons was there for the rebound and tapped it past the Ela keeper to make it 1-0.
In the second half, both teams came out aggressively, looking for a score. In the 59th minute, United’s Colin McConkey made the score 2-0.
Ela Elite answered in the 74th minute with a goal by Ricardo Gonzalez who brought in hard pressure tight into the box.
The last score for Ela Elite wasn’t enough, however and MPLS United Black came away as champions of the 15 boys gold division, with a final score of 2-1.
15 Boys Silver Division:
Haitian Initiative, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 4, Rapides, Levis, Quebec, 0.
15 Girls Gold Division:
FC Frederick, Frederick, Maryland 2, Rafales Sainte-Julie, Sainte-Julie, Quebec 1.
Both FC Frederick and Rafales Sainte-Julie showed control and finesse in handling the ball. By bringing out a fast and aggressive play style, Élodie Petit put Rafales Sainte-Julie on the board in the 23rd minute.
In the 42nd minute, right at the start of the second half, Madison Hommey of FC Frederick put the ball into the top right corner of the net over the outstretched hands of the Rafales keeper, to bring the score to 1-1.
In the 45th minute, Amirah Louketis of FC Frederick received a deep pass and pushed through two Rafales defenders to bring the ball in close to the net, tapping it into the bottom left corner of the goal.
The match continued with a lot of near misses and great saves by each goalkeeper, but in the end, FC Frederick took the win in the 15 girls gold division with a final score of 2-1.
15 Girls Silver Division:
LAYS Una Takedown, Brainerd, Minn. 1, STMA, St. Michael, Minn. 0.
16 Boys Gold Division:
Blaine Scorpions, Blaine, Minn.1, Bekkelaget Sportsklubb, Oslo, Norway 0.
In a game where the majority of play remained in the midfield, defense was key. Both Blaine and Bekkelaget Sportsklubb had chances, but no one could capitalize.
However, in the last minute of the game Daniel Chlebeck put a shot in the back of the net to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead. Chlebeck was able to tap in a ball in that bounced around off a cross and fell to his feet. The final whistle blew about 30 seconds later, which sealed the Scorpions 1-0 victory.
16 Boys Silver Division:
FYLKIR, Reykjavik, Iceland 7, IBIS JFC, Kendal, England 2.
16 Girls Gold Division:
Woodbury SC Revolution, Woodbury, Minn. 2, Ovrevoll Hosle, Olso, Norway 0.
The international matchup between Woodbury SC Revolution and Ovrevoll Hosle of Norway was a tale of two halves.
The first half was dominated by Woodbury as they got on the board in the 17th minute when Sam Anderson was able to knock home a goal off of a corner kick. They doubled their lead 12 minutes later when Hannah Pederson scored, and they carried their momentum into the half with a 2-0 lead.
In the second half Ovrevoll came out charging and were able to get some good scoring opportunities. They capitalized in the 71st minute off a corner kick that Emma Braanen put away.
Woodbury was able to hang on to a 2-1 win after the goal, despite a couple good late scoring chances for Ovrevoll.
16 Girls Silver Division:
FYLKIR, Reykjavik, Iceland 4, Blaine Gunners, Blaine, Minn. 0.
17 Boys Gold Division:
Minneapolis United, Twin Cities, Minn. 5, NSSA Cyclones, Shoreview/Roseville, Minn. 0.
Minneapolis United opened the scoring in just the fifth minute of play and eased away to a 5-0 victory over NSSA Cyclones. All five goals were scored in the first half with Suad Suljic leading the way with a gorgeous one-touch pass to set up the first goal by Adam Ulring and then scoring himself just seven minutes later. The five goals were scored by five different Mpls United players. Aidan Clemence made it 3-0 in the 17th minute while David Smith and Brandon Bieszk closed the scoring with two additional scores late in the first half.
17 Boys Silver Division:
CMYSA, St. Cloud, Minn. 3, Southeast Renegades, Minneapolis, Minn. 1.
17 Girls Gold Division:
Euro Heat, Rochester, Minn. 2, Blaine Bombers, Blaine, Minn. 1.
The Blaine Bombers got off to a fast start against Euro FC with a goal from Abbey Wohlers early in the first half. The game then grew increasingly physical as the Bombers held their lead through the half and into last minutes of the game.
However, Euro FC forward, Kayley Joseph, dribbled around a couple defenders and nailed the ball into the back of the net in the 83rd minute. After the goal, neither team could muster a goal and the game was sent into extra time.
In extra time Euro FC completed the comeback when Isabel Erickson curled the ball into the net directly from a corner kick in the 98th minute. The goal gave Euro FC a 2-1 victory.
17 Girls Silver Division:
SWU Fury, Calgary, Alberta 2, IGH Heat, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 1.
19 Boys Gold Division:
Minneapolis United Black 2, St. Croix Select, Stillwater, Minn. 1.
In a scrappy back and forth match between two Minnesota rivals, Minneapolis United staked themselves to a two goal lead before prevailing by a 2-1 final score.
St. Croix Select controlled much of the early run of play and earned seven corner kicks in the first half. However, they were unable to capitalize on those set pieces and found themselves in a hole in the 24th minute when Mpls United’s Tara Tataryn walked in on his defender from the right side and slipped the ball under the ribs of St. Croix goalkeeper Andrew Gruenwald.
Just ten minutes later, Kwam Milton Tamunang put Mpls United up 2-0 with a blast from the right side. St. Croix fought back with a goal to draw within one in the 38th minute when Isaacson Paye struck from 16 yards in front on the United goal.
The game turned in the second half when St. Croix goalkeeper Gruenwald came out of the 18 yard box to defend a threat and used his hands in the process. He was issued a yellow card and during the ensuing exchange with the referee was shown a red card.
Playing a man down for the remaining 35 minutes of the half proved to be too difficult for St. Croix and Minneapolis United held on for the championship.
19 Boys Silver Division:
Centennial Cougars, Lino Lakes, Minn. 1, Edina Storm, Edina, Minn. 0.
19 Girls Gold Division:
Tokiwagi Gauken High School, Sendai, Japan 3, Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden 0.
Tokiwagi Gauken continued their tradition of excellence at Schwan’s USA CUP by defeating Sweden’s Rudbeckianska 3-0 in the U19 Girls Championship. Tokiwagi controlled possession throughout the first half but failed to capitalize on the scoreboard, having two apparent goals disallowed for offsides. Finally in the 27th minute Hinako Suzuki slotted home a cross to put Tokiwagi in the lead.
Five minutes before half Reina Nakamura scored after a solo run up the middle of the Rudceckianska defense and Tokiwagi took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Swedes started to produce more chances in the second 45 minutes but failed to score as Tokiwagi’s speed overcame Rudbeckianska’s size advantage. Finally in the 80th minute Nakamura scored her second goal of the match to put the game away.
19 Girls Silver Division:
North Metro Velocity, Andover, Minn. 4, LUI, Copenhagen, Denmark 3.