Every team at USA CUP has a different journey to the largest youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere. The 13 boys’ team from Colegio Inglés de Monterrey will be at Schwan’s USA CUP in July after winning their way to Minnesota.
The S’Cool Games is a league in Mexico for school teams. The league has over 550 squads from ages 8 to 19, with both boys’ and girls’ teams. The league has teams in Mexico City, Monterey and Guadalajara. The league ended June 17 with the final of the Chevrolet Cup, where teams competed for a free trip to USA CUP.
“The league has only existed for one year and it continues to keep growing,” said Toyo Aguirre, USA CUP ambassador for Mexico. “The goal is to expand to five cities next season and eventually become a national league.”
To qualify for the Chevrolet Cup, teams played in a tournament against other teams in their respective cities. Two teams from Monterrey, two teams from Guadalajara and four teams from Mexico City made it to the Chevrolet Cup in Mexico City June 16-17.
Colegio Inglés de Monterrey players pose with their first place trophy after defeating San Roberto International School.
After pool play on Saturday and semifinals Sunday morning, Colegio Inglés de Monterrey met San Roberto International School, the other team from Monterrey, in the final. In a tightly contested match, Colegio Inglés de Monterrey won 2-1 to earn the free trip to USA CUP in July.
This year, there was a free trip for just the 13 boys division, but in the future the league plans on having more trips to USA CUP up for grabs.
“Next year, we plan on having three divisions with the free trip,” said Aguirre.
USA CUP is excited to welcome the team to Minnesota in July and hopes they come ready to play against U.S. teams.