Aaron and Christine Amsler are a husband and wife coaching team with the Northern Lights Soccer Club, making their first appearance as head coaches at Schwan’s USA CUP. But they have quite a storied past with the tournament, one that seems almost too good to be true.
It was July of 1992 when Aaron and Christine, then 15 and 16, were playing at USA CUP and attending the annual Grand Dance. The dance is a popular social gathering for our U15-U19 players, where people from all around the world meet and make connections. But little did they know, their serendipitous meeting would take them through 25 years, two kids and a whole lot of soccer together.
“I wasn’t actually supposed to go to the dance because I got injured in a game the day before and I left in an ambulance,” Christine said. “My parents didn’t think I’d be able to go, but I did.”
The Amslers both coach for Northern Lights Soccer Club based in Anoka, Minnesota.
As fate would have it, the two had never met before, but Aaron happened to notice Christine from across the room. The moment was so perfect it almost seems like a movie.
“I saw her across the room and though maybe she was from Sweden or something because she had long, blonde hair,” Aaron said.
But he found out that they were more interconnected than he originally thought. Christine was an incoming 11th grader at Anoka High School, the same school that Aaron was about to be entering into his sophomore year.
“I thought she was just some random girl, and I asked her where she was from, and she said Ramsey, Minnesota,” he said. “Well, I’m from Andover, Minnesota.”
Christine and Aaron Amsler are celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary on July 22 after meeting at USA CUP’s Grand Dance 25 years ago.
The two shared a dance and exchanged numbers before going their separate ways. After some encouragement from friends, they eventually reconnected and began dating.
“Had we not met there, there would have been no way,” Christine said. “We were two different people. I mean we both played sports, but we would have never made the connection in high school.”
Aaron and Christine ended up going to Jamestown College together, now known as Jamestown University, where Christine played on the women’s soccer team and Aaron served as one of her coaches.
“She was a player and they didn’t have boys soccer out there, so I was a student coach,” Aaron said.
Christine, located on the very right, assistant coached for her team at USA CUP in 1996, where they took home the U18 gold bracket championship.
After eight years of dating, Aaron finally decided to pop the question – paying homage to their USA CUP roots.
“He actually brought me back to where the Grand Dance took place and where we first met,” Christine said. “The first song we danced to was Rush Rush by Paula Abdul, and he played that on a tape when he proposed.”
The two got married in 2000, flanked by a few of their soccer teammates who were at the Grand Dance on the night that they met. Since then, they have had two daughters who also play soccer, and one of their daughters played in her first USA CUP tournament over the weekend. Both are coaching teams from Northern Lights Soccer, a club based in Anoka, Minn.
“He coaches one daughter and I coach the other,” Christine said. “It’s kind of going full circle.”
The couple is celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary tomorrow, the same weekend as the day they met 25 years ago. What better way to celebrate than at USA CUP?
“It all sort of began with USA CUP,” Aaron said. “We always come back to watch a game, even if we’re not participating.”
Tag(s): July 21, 2017