Schwan’s USA Cup finished its first three days of action with championship matches in the weekend tournament July 15 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The featured division over the weekend was the PUMA vElite division, an invitational division for elite U16 teams from all over the country.
The most notable fact about this year’s vElite championship games was that Minnesota teams qualified for the final matches in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
In the girls’ championship match, the So Cal Blues from Rancho Capistrano, Calif., defeated Dakota Rev Rampage from Rosemount, 1-0.
The girls’ vElite winning side will be traveling to Europe for a trip to work with Sweden’s famous Umeå IK women’s side. Umeå has won seven Swedish championships since 2000 and has won the UEFA Women’s Champions League twice while serving as runner-up three times.
In the boys’ championship La Roca Premier from Layton, Utah, and the Minnesota Thunder Academy from the Twin Cities ended regulation time tied 2-2.
After a scoreless 10-minute overtime period, the teams went eight rounds of overtime penalty kicks before La Roca won, serving up a 3-2 victory over the local Minnesota team. La Roca’s title earned it an all expense paid trip to England to train with the English Premier League team, Newcastle United.
In other championship matches on Sunday, the Floro SK club, from Floro, Norway, qualified all four of its teams for championship matches, and then went four for four, as the club swept the older boys’ divisions – 15s, 16s, 17s and 19s.
Three Minnesota teams won titles: the Princeton Tigers in 12 girls, North Star S.C. in 13 girls and the Centennial Cougars in 14 girls.
In addition to the Norway four-sweep, international teams won from Canada (Caledon from Ontario in the 16 girls) and Japan (Tokiwagi Gauken H.S.)
The 2012 Schwan’s USA Cup is a youth soccer tournament with 958 teams, representing 16 countries and 22 states. It is the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere.
Here are Sunday’s championship game scores for the “A” divisions in each age level:
• 11 Girls: Rockford Raptors, Rockford, Ill., 3, FC United Storm, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1.
• 12 Girls: Princeton Tigers, Princeton, 4, Winnipeg South End United, Manitoba, 2.
• 13 Girls: North Star S.C., North Suburbs, Minnesota, 3, Rochester Youth S.C., Rochester, 2.
• 14 Girls: Centennial Cougars, Circle Pines, 2, Dakota Rev Revenge, Apple Valley, 1.
• 15 Girls: Bettendorf S.C., Bettendorf, Iowa, 2, FC Northwest, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 0.
• 16 Girls vElite invitational division: So Cal Blues, Rancho Capistrano, Calif., 1, Dakota Rev Rampage, Rosemount, 0.
• 16 Girls: Caledon Wildcats, Caledon, Ontario, 2, Eagan Wave, Eagan, 1.
• 17 Girls: Appleton Goal Getters, Appleton, Wis., 3, Hub City SC, Aberdeen, S.D., 0.
• 19 Girls: Tokiwagi Gauken H.S., Sendai, Japan, 4, Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden, 0.
• 11 Boys: Mundelein Strikers, Mundelein, Ill., 3, Elgin Pumas, Elgin, Ill., 2.
• 12 Boys: South Suburban Academy, Chicago, Ill., 3, Mundelein Strikers Red, Mindelein, Ill., 1.
• 13 Boys: SSC Strikers, South Sioux City, Iowa, 4, Thunder Bay Chill, Ontario, 3.
• 14 Boys: Brooklyn Italians, Brooklyn, N.Y., 4, South Suburban Academy, Chicago, Ill., 1.
• 15 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 3, PRHPSA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2.
• 16 Boys vElite invitational division: La Roca Premier, Layton, Utah, 3, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Twin Cities, 2.
• 16 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 3, Dakota Alliance SC, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2.
• 17 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 2, Dakota United SC, Bismarck, N.D., 1.
• 19 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 6, Minnesota Thunder Elite, Twin Cities, 1.
Schwan’s USA Cup takes a day off from games Monday before resuming with the week-long tournament Tuesday. The tournament ends Saturday, July 21.