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Minnesota United FC and the National Sports Center partner to promote a new elite division within Schwan’s USA CUP 2018

01/24/2018, 3:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

BLAINE, Minn. (January 24, 2018) – Minnesota United FC, Minnesota’s Major League Soccer team, and the National Sports Center (NSC) announced that they are partnering to promote a new invitational elite “tournament within a tournament” at the annual Schwan’s USA CUP youth soccer tournament at the NSC in Blaine in July.

The MNUFC Division will be offered for two divisions in 2018 – boys’ U13 (2005 birth year) and girls’ U16 (2002.) Up to eight teams per division will play during the Schwan’s USA CUP Weeklong Tournament July 17-21, 2018. Teams will play one game per day, with championship matches coinciding with USA CUP’s championship day on Saturday, July 21. Games will be played on the NSC’s stadium field (U1) and the adjoining Exhibition Field (U2). All MNUFC Division games will live streamed.

Minnesota United FC’s Academy and the NSC will cooperate on team recruitment and selection.

“We will be recruiting teams nationally,” said Aaron Schmidt, Schwan’s USA CUP Recruiting Director. “Some of the teams playing may be teams that have performed at a high level at USA CUP in the past, but we expect to tap into high level teams that are new to USA CUP.”

“The MNUFC division provides Schwan’s USA CUP a competitive platform for selected clubs,” said Ryan Brooks, MNUFC’s Academy General Manager.  “They will experience matches against unfamiliar opponents, in a professional environment, all while competing in one of the largest tournaments in the world.”  

Teams interested in playing in the MNUFC Division at Schwan’s USA CUP 2018 should contact Aaron Schmidt at aschmidt@nscsports.org, 763.717.3889 (office), 763.202.0865 (cell.)

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