BLAINE, Minn. (July 18, 2015) – The 31st annual Schwan’s USA CUP wrapped up on Saturday, July 18 with championship games for all divisions. All the USA CUP games and activities were held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. on a campus of 46 full-size soccer fields.
This year’s tournament featured a record turnout of 1,153 teams from 19 states and 16 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The tournament generates an estimated $32.3 million in economic impact during its 10-day run.
Minnesota clubs won 12 titles, with the Fusion Soccer Club, from Plymouth and Wayzata, leading the way with three championships. Sporting St. Croix, Minneapolis United, Maplebrook, Lakeville, Burnsville, Woodbury and the North Metro Soccer Clubs also won titles.
Among international teams, Schwan’s USA CUP titles were won by Costa Rica, Sweden and Japan. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Utah were the visiting U.S. states to go home with USA CUP trophies.
Here are the final scores of all championship games, and game summaries for the top division at each age level:
19 Boys Gold Division:
Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden 3, Maplebrook Blast 0.
Douglas Karlberg paced the Swedes with two goals, one in each half as Rudbeckianska beat the Maplebrook Blast 3-0 in the U19 Boys Gold division. The scoring opened in the 8th minute with an own goal by Maplebrook after a scramble in front of the net following a Rudbeckianska corner kick.
Midway through the first half, Maplebrook goalkeeper Andrew Gruenwald made a spectacular save only to have the rebound land at the feet of Karlberg who calmly slotted home the ball.
The second half saw an even run of play by both teams until Karlberg struck once more in the 70th minute to seal the victory.
19 Boys Silver Division:
Lobos BUAP, Puebla, Mexico 1, Edina Storm, Edina, Minn. 0.
19 Girls Gold Division:
Tokiwagi Gauken High School, Sendai, Japan 8, Vardar Northern Michigan, Petoskey, Mich. 1.
Tokiwagi opened the scoring in the fifth minute and never looked back as they cruised to a 8-1 victory in the U19 Girls Gold division. Yume Takikawa paced the Japanese side as she scored scored two of the Tokiwagi’s four first half goals.
Michigan’s Vardar put up a valiant effort with Keana Kamalii scoring early the second half to make it 4-1 and it looked as if they may make a game of it.
However, Tokiwagi proved to be too strong as their precision passing and ball control left Vardar keeper Sarah Lewis making one spectacular save after another. The pace of play eventually wore down Vardar who conceded several late goals.
Tokiwagi completed their run in Schwan’s USA CUP undefeated as they bring home their 4th straight Schwan’s USA CUP U19 championship.
19 Girls Silver Division:
Three Rivers Soccer Association, Elk River, Minn. 4, Blaine Bombers, Blaine, Minn. 3.
17 Boys Gold Division:
Lakeville Legacy, Lakeville, Minn. 2 John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe, United Kingdom 1.
In a tightly contested match for the U17 boys championship, the Lakeville Legacy prevailed in overtime/penalty kicks over John Hampden Grammar School from Great Britain.
Lakeville goalkeeper Dalton VonKaenel, while donned in a Captain American jersey and red Mohawk skull cap, provided the heroics in the first half with several spectacular saves to keep the Legacy in the match.
After a 0-0 first half, it looked as if Lakeville would take control when in the 49th minute a John Hampden player received a red card for taking down John Becker in the box after he blitzed through the British defense. Becker rammed home the ensuing penalty low and to the left after goalkeeper Jimmy West dove right.
However, the 1-0 lead would only last until the 74th minute when Lakeville was called for a hand ball in the box. Opone Adoh stepped up for the penalty and although VonKaenel got a piece of the ball, it did find the back of the net.
Both sides made the keepers make difficult saves the rest of regulation and in overtime but the game eventually went to penalties with Lakeville prevailing 4-3 thanks to one final save by Captain America Dalton VonKaenel.
17 Boys Silver Division:
Vardar Northern Michigan, Petoskey, Mich. 4, Sault Civics Wolverines, Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario 0.
17 Girls Gold Division:
Burnsville Firestorm, Burnsville, Minn. 4, MTA 98 Blue North, Plymouth, Minn. 0.
The entire match was dominated by Burnsville Firestorm. Ten minutes in, #5, Mikayla Woebke, put Burnsville on the board. They kept the pressure on, and in the 40th minute, the Firestorm got their second goal, courtesy of Cecilia Lovinger. Just two minutes after, Burnsville scored again to bring the score to 3-0 going into the half.
Shortly into the second half, at 52 minutes, Cecilia Lovinger connected on her second goal, bringing Burnsville to a final 4-0 margin.
17 Girls Silver Division:
Xolos Academy FC, Brainerd, Minn. 3, Princeton Tigers, Princeton, Minn. 1.
16 Boys Gold Division:
MapleBrook (MN) 3, Blaine Bandits (MN) 1
Maplebrook controlled play for much of the U16 Boys Gold championship match against their north metro neighbors Blaine Bandits and eased away with a 3-1 victory.
The tone was set early on by Maplebrook just two minutes in when they hit the crossbar on a header and were only denied by a spectacular save by Blaine keeper Sam Beckfeld on the rebound header.
Maplebrook finally found the back on the net in the 10th minute on a great individual effort by Miguel Ocampo who navigated through the Blaine defense before slotting a low, hard shot in the near corner from 15 yards out.
Soon after halftime, Maplebrook struck again when Samuel Moses nudged home a header from a throw in near the corner.
Blaine’s play improved as the game went on and their efforts were rewarded nine minutes from the whistle when Dallas Beecher beat Maplebrook keeper Jacob Peterson to a 50-50 ball just outside the box that gave them life to complete the comeback. However, Maplebrook responded just three minutes later when Fuad Tahir Husen fired a shot into the top corner of the goal from near the 18 yard box to seal their championship.
16 Boys Silver Division:
Noria FC, Puebla, Mexico 4, Wyoming 307, Gillette, Wyoming 0.
16 Girls Gold Division:
Minneapolis United Express, Minneapolis, Minn. 2, South West United 99, Edmonton, Alberta, 1.
Several free kicks and corner kicks for both teams in the first half came close to scoring, but couldn’t make it past the goalkeepers. The second half started nil-nil but United brought more pressure early after the whistle. Eleven minutes into the second half, Minneapolis United’s Margaret Conners, scored from the melee in the box after a United corner kick.
In the 64th minute, Edmonton was awarded a corner kick, and Erin Van Dolder was able to put it in the net with little resistance. In the 84th minute, United’s, Margaret Conners chipped a shot off the fingertips of the keeper and scored her second goal of the game, what turned out to be the winning goal.
16 Girls Silver Division:
Futbol Select AK Chicas. Anchorage, Alaska 2, Fire SC 99 White, Rogers, Minn. 1.
15 Boys Gold Division:
Futbol Consultants, San Jose, Costa Rica 1, Brampton East FC, Brampton, Ontario 0.]
After a testy 1-0 win against Brampton East FC during pool play on the first day of the tournament, Costa Rica’s Futbol Consultants again notched a 1-0 win against the Canadian side, this time on penalty kicks.
Futbol Consultants controlled possession for the majority of the first half, though neither side made much of an impact on the game for the first 40 minutes. The first seriously threatening chance of the game didn’t come until 10 minutes into the second half when Futbol Consultants had a pair of free kicks from outside the box. Twenty minutes later, the Costa Ricans had a clean break through Brampton East’s back line but keeper Nicholas Holmes made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
But late in the second half the tide turned, and Brampton East began controlling the run of play. Just before full time, a Brampton forward went down in the box on a cross, but the referee denied the Canadians’ calls for a penalty kick. In the extra time period, Brampton had three open looks at goal and failed to put any of the three chances on target.
Brampton East’s poor finishing continued in penalty kicks when two kicks were saved and one went over the bar. Futbol Consult took advantage and converted on three of its penalty kicks.
15 Boys Silver Division:
North Metro Fury, Andover, Minn. 4, Euro FC, Rochester, Minn. 3.
15 Girls Gold Division:
Woodbury SC Tango Premier, Woodbury, Minn. 3, Fire SC 00, Blaine, Minn. 0.
Woodbury SC completed their journey in the 2015 USA CUP with a 3-0 victory against Fire SC in the U15 Girls Championship. Woodbury controlled possession throughout the first half, scoring two goals in the 11 and 26 minute. Danielle Stuber scored the first goal and Brooke Valiukas scored the second.
Fire SC was able to take more shots at the goal in the second half but failed to score as Woodbury employed their speed to maintain possession. In the 70th minute Woodbury scored their third point as Kylie Tschida charged toward the goal.
15 Girls Silver Division:
North Metro Venom, Andover, Minn. 2, Euro FC, Rochester, Minn. 0.
14 Boys Gold Division:
ACE North Soccer Club, Milwaukee, Wis. 5, Internationals, Cleveland, Oho 0.
When Ohio’s Internationals had a header miss just wide in the second minute of play, little did they know that would be their best scoring chance of the day as ACE Soccer Club from Milwaukee dominated play the rest of the way and cruised to a 5-0 victory in the U14 Boys Gold division.
ACE’s first goal was set up in the 14th minute after Asvaldo Sanchez sliced through the defense and got a great chance that led to a corner. The corner was played short and the resulting cross into the box landed at the feet of Brian Gonzalez, who calmly slotted home the shot from 12 yards out.
In the 26th minute Luis Romero headed home a rebound after a fantastic save by International’s keeper on a blast from Kevin Rebollo.
Six minutes into the second half Austin Straub put the game out of reach after kneeing in a beautiful cross from midfielder Cristofer Duran-Alvarez.Two late goals in the last ten minutes of play brought the final to 5-0 for ACE.
14 Boys Silver Division:
Bonivital Red, Winnipeg, Manitoba 3, Club Espana, Mexico City, Mexico 2.
14 Girls Gold Division:
Fusion Wings, Plymouth, Minn. 1, CC United Dynamite, Chanhassen/Chaska, Minn. 0.
The first half of the match didn’t produce a leading team, and only a few shots made it on goal. Upon the start of the second half, both teams were able to put more shots on, but none of them made it to the back of the net. The score was 0-0 going into overtime and a couple of near misses brought the game to a shootout, which went to seven rounds, with Fusion Wings eventually coming out on top 5-4.
14 Girls Silver Division:
Xolos Academy FC, Brainerd, Minn. 2, Blaine Fury, Blaine, Minn. 0.
13 Boys Gold Division:
Sporting St. Croix Academy, Stillwater, Minn. 4, Wheeling Soccer Academy, Wheeling, Ill. 0.
Sporting St. Croix Academy, with the help of two goals from Andrew Johnson, used its speed and skill to defeat Wheeling Soccer Academy 4-0 and claim the U13 boys’ championship at Schwan’s USA CUP.
St. Croix took the upper hand early when Andrew Johnson got past Wheeling’s defenders with a burst of speed and scored his first goal of the game in the fourth minute. Sporting St. Croix possessed the ball in the attacking half for most of the first frame, while Wheeling Soccer Academy threatened on the counterattack with its size on the front line.
While St. Croix took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Wheeling was the better side early in the second and maintained possession on the attack for almost all of the second half’s first 10 minutes. St. Croix’s speed came through once again shortly after, however, and Brian Brown got past the defense on the left wing and found a wide open Johnson in front of goal, who netted his second goal of the game. Moments later, Brown got a goal of his own by breaking down the left wing, this time stopping to take a shot that he sent whistling into the top corner just inside the far post.
Andrew Rowland added one more late goal for Sporting St. Croix when he corralled a loose ball following a corner kick and fired it at the net from 12 yards out. The keeper was able to get a hand on the strong shot but couldn’t keep it out, giving Sporting St. Croix Academy its final goal in a 4-0 championship victory.
13 Boys Silver Division:
Lincoln School, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica 3, Colegio Santo Americo, Sao Paulo, Brazil 0.
13 Girls Gold Division:
Minneapolis United Lady Lions, Minneapolis, Minn. 4, ELA Elite, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1.
After probing the ELA defense for much of the game’s early minutes, the Lady Lions broke through in the 15th minute when Haller found a loose ball during a scramble in the box and put it into the net for the match’s first goal.
Minneapolis United continued to dominate possession for much of the game, but Camille Malak broke through against the run of play eight minutes after halftime and netted an equalizer to tie the game at one.
But just five minutes later, ELA Elite took down a United forward in the box and Haller stepped up to the spot and scored her second goal of the game, and Lola Baldwin added another goal in the 57th minute to give Lady Lions a decisive lead.
Ella Endo scored the game’s final goal moments before full time to push the Lady Lions to a 4-1 victory and the U13 girls’ championship.
13 Girls Silver Division:
Oshawa Kicks 2002, Oshawa, Ontario 2, West Michigan STORM Blue 02, Norton Shores, Mich. 0.
12 Boys 11v11 Open Division
Real Salt Lake Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah 6, Minneapolis United Flying Squirrels, Minn. 0.
Minneapolis United had the first clear scoring chance of the match, however, with a free kick from the edge of the box. United’s Andrew Ellis stepped up to take the free kick and sent the ball just inches outside of the left post, keeping the game scoreless. Real Salt Lake answered with a chance of its own two minutes later and converted when Jordan Parker Gurr netted a loose ball to give Salt Lake a 1-0 lead.
Real Salt Lake dominated the run of play for the remainder of the half with Minneapolis looking threatening on the counter attack, but neither team could finish its chances.
Real Salt Lake Academy flexed its muscle in the second half and took a commanding 2-0 lead 10 minutes after halftime when Charlie Retzer caught the keeper out with a lob. Twenty minutes later, Salt Lake scored three goals in four minutes with tallies from Armando Mora, Riley Liston and Mitchell Pruitt before Will Manning drew and finished a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation.
12 Boys Gold Division:
Academy Sports Club, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 2, MTA 03w Nike, Plymouth, Minn. 1.
12 Boys Silver Division:
Colegio Santo Americo, Sao Paulo, Brazil 5, CDI Azul Silver, Mexico City, Mexico 1.
12 Girls 11v11 Open Division
North Metro Diamonds, Andover, Minn. 3, Barrie Strikers Blue, Barrie, Ontario 1.
The Barrie Strikers stormed out of the gate and took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute with a goal from Abby Bowland. Barrie used that moment to control the pace of play for a majority of the first half until Khyah Harper of North Metro broke against the run of play and finished to even the score at one 15 minutes before halftime.
In the second half, neither team managed to generate many chances, but North Metro was the more clinical side and took the lead 15 minutes into the second half when Emma Huelsnitz headed a cross home just inside the left post.
Barrie continued to press for the remainder of the game in the hopes of getting an equalizer, but North Metro took advantage of the Canadian side’s vulnerable back line in the game’s final minute, and Olivia Knoepfle scored a brace to give North Metro Diamonds a 3-1 victory and the U12 girls’ championship.
12 Girls Gold Division:
AG London 03, London, Ontario 2, Blaine Wave, Blaine, Minn. 1.
12 Girls Silver Division:
North Metro Flash, Andover, Minn. 2, Northern Lights Soccer, Anoka, Minn. 1.
11 Boys Gold Division:
Fusion SC Magic, Plymouth/Wayzata, Minn. 2, North Metro Chaos, Andover, Minn. 1.
Morgan Olson scored in the third minute of overtime to give Fusion SC Magic, of Plymouth/Wayzata, Minn. a 2-1 victory over North Metro Chaos in the boys U11 championship game.
Until Olson’s deciding goal, the match was played on even terms. Fusion got on the board first, in just the 4th minute, when Joseph Highfield scored on a penalty kick after North Metro committed a foul in the box. North Metro tied the game in the 22nd minute on a nifty breakaway goal down the left side by Samuel Musungu.
After a scoreless second half, the game came down to Olson’s goal. Taking advantage of some defensive confusion, Olson threaded a shot though a tangle of players and bounced the shot off the far post into the net. Just a minute late Fusion goalkeeper Jack Roach made a game saving stop on a North Metro breakaway to preserve the victory.
11 Boys Silver Division:
Rio de Janeiro Select II, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6, DC Lions, Carpentersville, Ill. 3.
11 Girls Gold Division:
Maplebrook Lightning, Maple Grove, Minn. 4, EPSC Eagles, Eden Prairie, Minn. 2.
Behind Mallory Coffin’s game-winning goal just before halftime, the Maplebrook Lightning defeated the Eden Prairie Soccer Club Eagles 4-2 to claim the U11 Girls’ championship.
The scoring started early and came often. Maplebrook’s Isabella Vannavong got things started, scoring off Madelynn Drasher's cross eight minutes into the game. Eden Prairie responded quickly, however, with two goals from Taylor Kotschevar and Presley Pergande in the next five minutes to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. But just two minutes after that, Maplebrook brought the game to a 2-2 tie on a goal from Maaike Modene.
After the flurry of four goals in eight minutes, neither side was able find the net until the final moments of the first half when Coffin lobbed a ball over the keeper’s head from just outside the box, giving Maplebrook a 3-2 lead going into halftime.
Three goals was all the Lightning needed for the rest of the game. Maplebrook kept possession in Eden Prairie’s end of the field for the majority of the second half before Paige Kalal netted an insurance goal 10 minutes from full time.
11 Girls Silver Division:
Wyoming 307, Gillette, Wyoming 2, North Metro SA Crew, Andover, Minn. 0.
10 Boys 7v7 Open Division:
VIVA Leon 3, Omaha, Neb. 3, Joy of the People, St. Paul, Minn. 1.
The game began with fiery energy right from the start. Both teams were well matched as the ball quickly changed possession back and forth. JOTP’s first goal in the 4th minute was denied due to an offside call. Three minutes later, Edwin Cisneros from VIVA Leon answered with their first goal, quickly putting his team into the lead for the rest of the half.
The second half started even quicker than the first, with Edwin Aviles from VIVA Leon scoring in the 26th minute, right after halftime. Despite JOTP’s hard efforts, VIVA Leon continued to dominate. Erick Olivar scored their third goal 10 minutes later to put his team up 3-0. JOTP continued to fight back; Cooper Danielson scored his first team goal in the 41st minute. However, it was not enough and VIVA Leon walked away with the victory: 1-3.
10 Girls 7v7 Open Division:
Fusion SC Tsoi, Plymouth/Wayzata, Minn. 2, NSSA Stingrays, North Oaks, Minn. 0.
The first half showed an impressive performance from the Fusion SC. Summer Seaman scored her team’s first goal in the 5th minute. The NSSA Stingrays retained possession of the ball at times, but could not capitalize. Fusion SC struck again in with their second goal, thanks to Ella Novak. She put her team on a 2-0 run, which remained the score at halftime.
In the second half the NSSA Stingrays couldn’t answer back and Fusion SC sat on the 2-0 shutout.
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