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Academy guest players shine at Schwan’s USA Cup (Cayman Compass, Cayman Islands, August 8, 2017)

In addition to the resounding success of the six Academy Sports Club teams who traveled to Minnesota last month for the 33rd annual Schwan’s USA Cup, five Academy players shone as guests on other teams.

Grant continues to work USA CUP despite cancer diagnosis (ABC Newspapers, Minn., July 27, 2017)

Tim Grant needed a distraction. Nine months ago, doctors gave him the news that the 58-year-old from Eagan had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The outlook was grim. “Make him comfortable” was what doctors told his family.

Summer months always treated Grant well, highlighted by the Schwan’s USA CUP in Blaine. Grant refereed the youth soccer tournament for 30 years.

Soccer: Blast U19 team wins USA Cup championship (Brainerd, Minn.,  Dispatch, July 27, 2017)

The Brainerd Blast U19 girls soccer team won the USA Cup championship following a shootout July 22 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Athlete in the News (Sawyer County News, Wisc., July 27, 2017)

Kaden Bergman, a 2017 Hayward High School graduate, scored eight goals on a U19 boys soccer team and helped the team defeat a Mexican team 2-0 in an international tournament in Blaine, Minnesota.

Blaine Soccer Club wins 2 titles at Schwan’s USA Cup (ABC Newspapers, Minn., July 26, 2017)

The Blaine Soccer Club won two titles at the 33rd Schwan’s USA Cup while Minnesota teams brought home 20 total titles in the 38 championship games.

The Blaine Royals won the 12 Girls Silver title, defeating Valley United Eagles (Apple Valley) 2-1. Blaine EDT took the 14 Girls Gold title, defeating Tonka United Blue (Minnetonka) 4-0.

Local soccer team wins Silver Cup title (Washburn County, Wis., Leader Register, July 26, 2017)

Perseverance paid off for a group of 19 players competing at one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world.

Held in Blaine, Minn., from July 14-22, the 33rd Schwan’s USA Cup youth soccer tournament at the National Sports Center hosted 1,168 teams from 15 different countries, 17 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.

Jen's World: Did you see that? X Games, USA Cup impress (Rochester, Minn., Post Bulletin, July 25, 2017)

As the parent of a soccer player, I'd heard about the USA Cup for years. But my son's team had never played in it. So all I knew was that it was a big, weeklong tournament held in Blaine.

Breakers take home USA CUP glory (Bloomington, Minn. Sun Current, July 25, 2017)

Bloomington Youth Soccer Club was well represented at the 33rd edition of the Schwan’s USA CUP with two older team shining, the BYSC Breakers and Belugas.

The BYSC Breakers, an under-17 girls team, posted a 17-4-2 overall record including its 6-0-0 road to capturing the prestigious USA CUP title on Saturday to end the season on a very high note.

L'Académie Camp Nous remporte la USA CUP catégorie U17 GOLD (Le Nouvelliste, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 25, 2017)

Six matches, six victoires, 22 buts marqués et un seul encaissé. Les grandes écoles de football féminin engagées dans l’USA CUP 2017 catégorie U17 féminin Gold n’ont pas fait le poids contre les représentantes de l’Académie Camp Nous. Rachelle Carénus et ses collègues étaient trop fortes pour leurs adversaires.


Academy excels in youth soccer tournament (Cayman Compass, Cayman Islands, July 25, 2017)

Nearly 100 junior footballers with Cayman’s Academy Sports Club took America by storm with their best performance ever in the Schwan’s USA Cup.

The Academy chartered a Cayman Airways jet to send six teams, along with coaches, parents and other volunteers to the youth soccer tournament in Minnesota last week.

Northfield soccer ref awarded Founders Day Award for years of service at USA CUP (Northfield, Minn., News, July 25, 2017)

The 2017 Schwan’s USA CUP was held last week, and while the teams and players may have changed through the years, one Northfielder could once again be seen on the sidelines.

Forster Davis was recently awarded the Founders Day Award for over 30 years of referee service at the USA CUP.

Academy teams bring home the hardware (Cayman Sports Buzz, Cayman Islands, July 24, 2017)

A crowd of enthusiastic loved ones gathered at Owen Roberts International Airport on Sunday (23 July) to provide the warmest of receptions for more than 90 players, who represented Academy Sports Club at the 33rd Schwan’s USA Cup in Minnesota. Among the teams returning to the Cayman Islands were two cup winners and a runner-up.

Las categorías 2003 y 2005 del Guadalajara concluyeron sus giras por Estados Unidos con títulos (Chivas Passion, Guadalajara, Mexico, July 24, 2017)

Las categorías 2003 y 2005 del Guadalajara concluyeron su gira por Estados Unidos con otro par de títulos, ya que conquistaron la USA Cup 2017, disputada en Minneapolis, Minnesota, y lo hicieron con goleadas en todos sus partidos, con lo que volvieron a poner en alto el nombre de Chivas y México a nivel internacional.

USA CUP (KSTP TV, Minnesota, July 21, 2017)

The city of Blaine has been taken over by soccer players from around the world!  The Schwan’s USA Cup is in full swing at the National Sports Center and reporter, Kelli Hanson, is there live!

River Eagles compete with the best at Schwan’s Cup (Monticello, Minn., Times, July 21, 2017)

The Monticello River Eagles U15 C1 soccer team more than held its own on a big stage this past weekend.

Playing at the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine, the River Eagles advanced to the quarterfinal round of the A-Flight before falling 1-0 to the eventual tournament champions.

Osseo team helps USA Cup athletes on, off field (CCX Media, Minn., July 21, 2017) 

Soccer is the common thread that unites thousands of players and volunteers to the National Sports Center in Blaine every July.

One group of volunteers comes onto the field only when something goes wrong. Doctors, nurses, athletic trainers, EMTs and other trained medical personnel work as volunteers.

Teams show their pride at USA CUP Opening Ceremony (ABC Newspapers, Minn., July 20, 2017)

Questionable weather turned into clear skies for the Schwan’s USA CUP Opening Ceremony, held Tuesday at Blaine’s National Sports Center. More than 1,100 teams from 17 states, five Canadian provinces and 15 countries are competing in the youth soccer tournament.

The Opening Ceremony is an Olympic-style parade of teams featuring the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frog skydiving team, fireworks and lighting of the cauldron.

U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" video (Facebook, July 20, 2017)

When you're parachuting from the sky and there's 17,000 people staring at you . . . well, you had better put on a show. And that's exactly what we did.

Local teams reach finals at USA Cup Weekend (Sun Newspapers, Minn. July 19, 2017)

Five teams representing local youth soccer clubs reached championship games in the USA Cup Weekend tournament Sunday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

None of them joined the five Minnesota teams that won their brackets, but the REV Soccer Club’s boys Under-13 Black team came close, losing 2-1 on penalty kicks to a team from China, Beijing Zhongguanchun United, in the B flight final.

Mitchell Ravens youth team wraps up impressive season (Mitchell, S.D., Daily Republic, July 19, 2017)

On Sunday, the Ravens wrapped up their season in impressive fashion, winning the Schwan's USA Cup U12 B division championship in Blaine, Minnesota. Mitchell went 5-0 in the 16-team tournament, outscoring opponents 34-6.

Haiti - Football : U-17 women's team in training to Minnesota (Haiti Libre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 19, 2017)

The U-17 women's team left Haiti on Monday afternoon to Minnesota where they will play 3 matches (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

USA Cup carries on without Peter Ramsey, a referee like none the tournament had seen (Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 18, 2017)

At Christmas dinners, Peter Ramsey forced family members to watch videos he’d recorded at the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine, thousands of miles away from his native England.

Ramsey worked as an English teacher at the high school and community college levels, but the USA Cup was his greatest passion.

Schwan’s USA Cup Kicks Off In Blaine (WCCO TV, Minn., July 18, 2017)

More than 1,100 teams from 15 countries are in town for the annual Schwan's USA Cup.

Chill teams sparkle at USA Cup tourney (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Chronicle Journal, July 18, 2017)

A five-star performance this weekend at the USA Cup in Blaine, Minn., as the Chill youth squads came home with three gold and two silver, in the heat of the National Sports Center.

Academy Sports Club takes 96 players to Schwan’s USA Cup (Cayman Compass, Cayman Islands, July 17, 2017)

Academy Sports Club players from six teams have traveled to Blaine, Minnesota, to participate in the 33rd annual Schwan’s USA Cup youth soccer tournament from July 14-22.

The 96 players are in the club’s U-10, U-12, U-13, U-15 and U-17 teams, and for the first time, the U-12 girls team. The club chartered a Cayman Airways plane to facilitate the large numbers on what is the biggest trip it has undertaken to date.

Excelsior FC set for USA Cup (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Times Herald, July 14, 2017)

The Moose Jaw Excelsior FC Under-19 girls soccer team is about to take the field at one of the largest tournaments on the planet.

Area youth soccer players look forward to USA Cup (Sun Focus Newspapers, Minn., July 17, 2017)

Youth soccer players from New Brighton, Mounds View and surrounding communities will compete with North Suburban Soccer Association teams at the upcoming USA Cup.

“I think it’s pretty cool, and I’m excited for it,” said Kennedy Scott, a midfielder for the NSSA girls U10 team that will compete.

Schwan’s USA CUP is a spectacle beyond a soccer tournament (ABC Newspapers, Minn., July 13, 2017)

With 1,168 teams from 17 states, five Canadian provinces and 15 countries participating, the Schwan’s USA CUP held at Blaine’s National Sports Center is a week-long spectacle that takes all year to organize.

USA Cup soccer starts Friday (CCX Media, Minn., July 13, 2017)

CCX Sports’ Jay Wilcox talks with Barclay Kruse about the 33rd annual USA Cup Soccer Tournament.