"Sipping from the CUP" is the daily news column in The Daily Kick. Each day during Schwan's USA CUP, we'll be using this column to feature short news items, humorous things seen on the campus, and even some gossip! Read and enjoy.
The Croatian Eagles of Milwaukee, WI claim themselves to be “North America’s Oldest Soccer Club.” Even with this illustrious title already captured, Croatian Eagles’ President Fredy Jany has uncovered documents that add on five years to the club’s historic origins.
“The club was founded officially 1922, but we found out that we were actually a member of the Wisconsin Rotary Club and founded in 1917. So we are actually celebrating 100 years as an organization,” Jany said.
“(The Croatian Eagles) were founded by a Croatian priest who supported a bunch of Croatian immigrants who fled the unrest that eventually led up to the First World War,” Jany said.
The Croatian Eagles’ name reflects the clear influence of these founding Croat soccer players, but there remains an air of mystery surrounding the choice of bird to complete the club’s name.
“There are two fables that are circling around. The first one is that there was a translation error. It was supposed to be the Croatian Falcons or the Croatian Hawks, but when they translated it into the English language, they mistranslated it into the Croatian Eagles,” Jany said.
“The other fable indicates that because they were so happy to be finally in a country that cherishes freedom, they wanted to incorporate the symbol of the United States,” Jany added.
Regardless of which origin story is true, the Croatian Eagles remain one of the most interesting clubs at USA CUP purely based on their 100-year legacy of strong play and principled coaching.
The National Sports Center’s staff loves to get in the spirit of Schwan’s USA CUP and add to the fun for our tournament guests.
Two of the Operations staff members Trey Hughes and Austin Oberfrank have decorated their operations cart in a red, white and blue USA motif. They even outfitted it with a boom box so they bring their own music with them.
Kati Moen sits proudly astride her pink cruiser bike.
You may see Kati Moen, the NSC’s Campus Concessions Manager, tooling around campus proudly on her pink cruiser bike. In fact, Kati’s bike is one of two in her department. Her daughter has a blue one. Moen said they plan to outfit the bikes with trailers as beverage carts for Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday.
Tag(s): July 14, 2017