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Danny Svedarsky, the grandson of Crookston's Svedarskys, competes in Target USA CUP in Blaine

Danny Svedarsky played with “Futbol Consultants,” a team of 13-year-olds from San Jose, Costa Rica, who won all six of their games. Four of their competing teams were from Minnesota, one from Wisconsin and the last team for the championship game coming from Trinidad and Tobago. (Crookston Times, Crookston, Minn., July 31, 2019)

Roseville student athletes lead soccer club to rare USA CUP accomplishment

The North Suburban Soccer Association U13 girls’ soccer team etched its name in history at the 2019 Target USA Cup, which took place in Blaine July 12-20. 

Led by Roseville’s Kylie Jones and St. Paul’s Norah Sandy, the team won not one but two championships at what’s billed as “the western hemisphere’s largest youth soccer tournament.” (Lillie Suburban Newspapers, St. Paul, Minn. area, July 30, 2019)

Exodus Academy Under 9 Target U.S Champion

(Abnormal House, The Home of Jamaican Sports, News and Entertainment, Kingston, Jamaica, July 28, 2019)

Post Consumer Brands, Second Harvest Heartland team up to help kick hunger

Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands is teaming up with Second Harvest Heartland to help curb hunger in local Minnesota communities. For every goal that was scored at the Target USA Cup youth soccer tournament July 16-20 in Blaine, Post donated 25 boxes of cereal to Second Harvest Heartland, up to 125,000 boxes. (Sun This Week, South Twin Cities Metro, Minn., July 26, 2019)

Pakites U13's 2nd in Minnesota

THE Under-13 boys team representing the Queen’s Park (QPCC) Academy finished second in the Under-13 Boys MNUFC Division at the recently ended 35th Target USA CUP youth soccer tournament on Saturday, July 20 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. (Trinidad Daily Express, July 26, 2019)

Tonka United girls compete in USA CUP

Two Under-19 girls traveling soccer teams had a great experience playing in the USA Cup Weekend Tournament at the National Sports Center in Blaine.They were part of an international cavalcade of soccer talent from all parts of the globe. A majority of the teams were from the Midwest United States, but there were teams from Japan, Korea, Sweden, Norway and Canada along with additional squads from neighboring countries Mexico and Canada. (Sun Sailor, West Twin Cities Metro, July 25, 2019)

Mason City team wins Target USA CUP

Mason City Soccer Club’s U13 girls won the Target USA Cup, which is the one of the largest international youth soccer tournaments in the world. They competed in Blaine, Minnesota, on July 14. (Mason City Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, July 25, 2019)

Local teams win USA CUP soccer titles

Five teams from Salvo Soccer Club reached bracket championship games at the Target USA Cup tournament last week at the National Sports Center in Blaine.The program, formed by the 2018 merger of REV Soccer Club and Woodbury Soccer Club, had two girls teams win age-group championships in the Gold Division, the top playoff level. Salvo SC Orange went 4-0-1 in girls Under-15 Gold – including a playoff victory over a team from its own club, Salvo SC Steel – and defeated Stjarnan of Iceland 2-1 in the championshTip game Saturday afternoon. (Sun Newspapers, South Metro Twin Cities, July 25, 2019)

Vardar United FC U15 girls soccer team takes 2nd at USA CUP

BLAINE, MN — Every now and then, athletes from northern Michigan get a chance to put the area on the map for the entire country — and world— to see. ... Vardar United nearly pulled out the Silver Division title after a strong run to the final, but came up just short to the Monrovia Football Academy, which hails from Liberia. (Petoskey News-Review, Petoskey, Michigan, July 24, 2019)

Division champs crowned at USA CUP

Championship games for all divisions of the 35th Target USA CUP youth soccer tournament were held July 20 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. A total of 50 championship games were played in multi-level divisions from U9 through U19. (ABC Newspapers, Anoka County, Minn., July 24, 2019)

Vardar United FC takes second at USA CUP

The Vardar United FC u15 girls soccer team traveled to Blaine, Minnesota for the USA Cup this month and took second place. (Traverse City Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich., July 24, 2019)

USA CUP champions set to arrive today

LEAD-Monrovia Football Academy U15 girls team, champions of the U15 USA Cup are expected to arrive home today, July 24, 2019, the Academy has revealed. According to a release issued by the academy, the first batch of its 17 travelers left Washington, DC at 5:35pm EST on Tuesday, July 23 on Brussels Airlines. (KMTV Television, Monrovia, Liberia, July 24, 2019)

Campion benefit from Target Cup entry

Campion College ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup team head coach, Eric Rademakers, feels his players have been making steady strides in their style of play. This is as they prepare for the upcoming season after their run at the Target USA Cup ended with a loss in the semi-finals last Saturday. (The Jamaica Star, Kingston, Jamaica, July 23, 2019)

Selfyssingar Sigrudu a USA CUP

Selfyssingar náðu glæsilegum árangri á USA Cup, árlegu knattspyrnumóti sem fer fram í Blaine í úthverfi Minneapolis, og lauk um síðustu helgi. (Sunnlenska, Selfoss, Iceland, July 23, 2019)


Monrovia Football Academy U15 girls soccer team crowned champions of 2019 USA CUP

Monrovia Football Academy’s Under-15 girls’ soccer team has been crowned as champions of the 2019 USA Cup. The team won the championship on Saturday after defeating Michigan’s Vardar United FC 3-2 during a post-match penalty shootout in the U-15 Girls Silver Division final at the National Sports Center in Minnesota. More than 1,000 spectators had gathered to watch the final, according to the National Sports Center. (The Bush Chicken, Monrovia, Liberia, July 23, 2019)

Liberia: LEAD MFA U-15 girls make history at USA CUP

LEAD Africa flagship, LEAD-Monrovia Football Academy U-15 girls' team on Saturday, July 20, made history after emerging as winners of the 2019 USA Cup in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America. (Liberian Daily Observer, Monrovia, Liberia, July 23, 2019)

Gold and silver titles for Academy Sports Club at USA CUP

Youth football teams representing Academy Sports Club emerged as winners of both the Under-12 Boys Gold Division and Under-12 Girls Silver Division after five days of action at the 2019 USA Cup in Blaine, Minn. (Channel 27 Television, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, July 22, 2019)

Pres. Weah hails Monrovia Football Academy girls for winning USA CUP

President George Manneh Weah has congratulated the Monrovia Football Academy’s Under 15 Girl team for being crowned champions of the USA Cup in Minnesota on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The tournament ran from July 16 to 20, 2019. The Liberian girls fought hard to defeat Michigan’s Vardar United 3-2 in post-match penalties after regular time ended 2-2 resulting into fans storming the field to celebrate the Liberian girls’ victory. (Front Page Africa, Monrovia, Liberia, July 22, 2019)

Monrovia Football Academy talks USA CUP

These young ladies played in the U15 division and won silver. It's the team's first time out of the country, Norman Seawright reports. (WCCO Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 21, 2019)

Girls from Liberia's Monrovia Academy playing out dream of a lifetime at USA CUP

Traveling to USA Cup widens eyes and world perspective of Liberian U15 team. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Twin Cities, Minn., July 20, 2019)

United States legend supports purple riders' push for soccer

Could Arcola High School soon add a soccer program? It remains to be seen, but there is at least one group that’s interested in seeing it happen. That’d be Arcola FC 01/02, the recreational program based in a town of fewer than 3,000 residents.The boys on that team continued to excel Friday in the USA CUP tournament, running their record to 5-0 with a 4-1 quarterfinal victory over Centro Universitario Mexico in the Men’s U19 Silver field. (The News-Gazette, Arcola, Ill., July 20, 2019)

Players trying to beat the heat at Blaine soccer tournament

BLAINE, Minn. — Dangerous heat has descended upon the Twin Cities, with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect on Friday. The heat index will make it feel between 104 and 107 degrees.

At the same time, kids from around the world will be at the National Sports Center in Blaine for the Target USA Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere. (KARE Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 19, 2019)

Minnesotans rolling with extreme heat, tropical humidity

Minnesotans are dealing severe weather, extreme heat and tropical humidity Friday. There are about 16,000 young soccer players from 22 different countries at Blaine’s National Sports Center during the Target USA Cup. A yellow flag warning is in effect Friday, which means players are taking a two-minute water breaks in the middle of each half. There are unlimited substitutions in these games, which necessary in this dangerous heat. (WCCO Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 19, 2019)

Target USA CUP in Blaine goes big on fun

The Target USA Cup in Blaine is an annual soccer tournament that draws student-athletes from all over the globe.  This year, competing players represent 22 states and 20 countries.  But despite their geographical differences, the players all share one common language: Soccer.  It’s special to see for yourself. (KSTP Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 18, 2019)

Local youth soccer team takes USA CUP title

The East Moline Silvis Soccer Club U13 team won the USA Cup title at the nation’s largest youth soccer tournament in Blaine, Minnesota. The ‘Renegades’ competed with 16,000 other soccer players making up over 1,100 teams being representing over 20 different countries. (Quad, Moline, Ill., July 18, 2019)

Target USA CUP to help fund pediatric cancer research

The largest soccer tournament in North America is underway in the Twin Cities. While it is a competition, the players are teaming up to fight for an important cause.

Wednesday is Kick Cancer Day. Every goal scored and every shutout by a goal keeper earns $1 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. (WCCO Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 17, 2019)

USA CUP kicks off, crowns 26 champs during opening weekend

Champions were crowned in 26 divisions of the Target USA CUP Weekend Tournament July 14. After a day off on Monday, Target USA CUP was scheduled to resume July 16 with the Opening Ceremonies, featuring the traditional Olympic-style parade of teams, the Target Sky Dive Team, special guest former Team USA player Jimmy Conrad, fireworks and post-ceremony concert. (ABC Newspapers, Anoka County, Minn., July 17, 2019)

Teams from across the world head to Blaine for USA CUP

Christine Cordero reports on the economic impact of the massive soccer tournament. (WCCO Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 17, 2019)

USA CUP: No stranger to heat

This week’s hot and humid weather is not unusual for mid-July which annually coincides with the Target USA Cup youth soccer tournament. Medical staff is on hand to assist with any heat-related issues for players, referees, volunteers and fans and extra water breaks are often added during matches to try to prevent dehydration. (CCX Media, Northwest Twin Cities, July 16, 2019)

North Kingstown Soccer Association to be first R.I. team at USA CUP

For the first time in the history of the USA Cup Tournament, Rhode Island will have representation.The girls U-10 soccer team from North Kingstown took off from T.F. Green Airport Monday afternoon, bound for Minnesota. (WPRI Television, Providence, R.I., July 15, 2019)

Blaine's Target USA CUP taking precautions in the weekend heat

The heat is making it challenging for players at one of the largest soccer tournaments in the world in Blaine over the weekend. The 35th annual Target USA Cup battled through the hottest day of the tournament so far on Sunday. (WCCO Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 14, 2019)

Players face hot weekend at USA CUP

"Heat problems have become less of a problem over the years," said Kruse. 

He said that's because more coaches, parents, and players are making rest and staying hydrated a priority. 

Still, in addition to having medics on staff, they also have a team following the weather. (KARE Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 12, 2019)

USA CUP Soccer Preview

The USA Cup soccer tournament is back in the north metro area. The tournament has a new sponsor. It’s now Target USA Cup. The 35th edition will be one of the largest, with 1,152 teams registered for the tournament. (CCX Media, northwest and west Twin Cities metro, Minn., July 12, 2019)

Target USA CUP brings world to Blaine for 35th summer

Blaine will be hosting international guests for a youth soccer event happening from July 12th to the 20th. News reporter Jane Kim has the story about the soccer tournament.The Target USA Cup youth soccer tournament celebrated its 35th year, and the third largest field in the history of the tournament. It also welcomed a new title sponsor, Target. (North Metro TV, Blaine, Minn., July 12, 2019)

Big, busy weekend ahead in the Twin Cities

It will be a busy weekend in the Twin Cities. The Basilica Block Party just got underway Friday. Headliners for the weekend include Kacey Musgraves and Jason Mraz. Thousands of kids from across the country are also in town for Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Youth Gathering. Plus, the Target USA Cup, formerly known as the Schwan’s Cup, gets underway this weekend in Blaine. (KSTP Television, Twin Cities, Minn., July 12, 2019)

Target named new title sponsor of USA CUP

The National Sports Center announced Target will be the title sponsor for the USA CUP youth soccer tournament, starting with the 2019 tournament as part of a multi-year partnership. (ABC Newspapers, Twin Cities, Minn. July 5, 2019)

Minnesota United to host Liberian team at USA CUP

Minnesota United announced June 27 that the club will host the girls U15 team from the LEAD Monrovia Football Academy in Liberia at this year’s USA CUP at the National Sports Center in Blaine from July 16–20. (ABC Newspapers, Twin Cities, Minn. July 5, 2019)

Final two states to attend this year's 35th annual USA CUP

Twenty-one U.S. states are registered for 2019. Notable are Maine and Rhode Island, which will be playing in USA CUP for the first time. (ABC Newspapers, Twin Cities, Minn. June 19, 2019)

Minnesota United deepens soccer ties to Blaine's National Sports Center

The club announced a 15-year partnership to keep its training facilities there and become a presenting sponsor of the annual USA Cup youth soccer tournament. (Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn., May 23, 2019)

North Metro TV will be televising Target USA CUP games

North Metro TV will be televising a select number of games at the Target USA CUP soccer tournament this year. These games will be televised LIVE on North Metro TV, Comcast cable channel 859 and CenturyLink channel 8526.  Games will also be viewable here on our website. (North Metro Television, Twin Cities, Minn.)