USA Cup champions crowned
Championship games for all divisions of the 28th annual Schwan’s USA Cup were played on Saturday, July 21, at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine.
Minnesota teams won four of the 16 top-level championships. International visiting teams from Canada, Mexico, Norway and Japan won titles.
This year was also notable for the dominating performances turned in by teams from single international clubs. The Tokiwagi Gauken H.S. in Sendai, Japan, brought two teams and both won championships, in the girls’ 16 and 19 divisions. Floro SK, a club from Floro, Norway, came with four teams and three of them won USA Cup championships, in the boys’ 16, 17 and 19 divisions.
The final day of the tournament was marked by a morning weather suspension for lightning, the fourth lightning delay of the nine-day tournament. Games were scheduled to begin at 7 a.m., but because of the suspension, did not start until 9:30 a.m. The schedule was tightened, and games were pushed later in the day, but all were completed.
This year’s tournament featured over 14,000 athletes on 958 teams from 22 states and 16 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere.
The weekend and week-long tournaments together will generate an estimated $20.4 million in economic impact.
Here are the scores for Saturday’s games, in the highest flight for each age group:
U11 Girls: Aurora Stingers Blue, Aurora, Ontario, 2, Alaska Eclipse, Fairbanks, Alaska, 0.
U11 Boys: UNAM Oro, Mexico City, Mexico, 4, Cicero Mayas, Cicero, Ill., 1.
12 Girls: Spartan FC Select, Northbrook, Ill., 5, Full Force FC, Anchorage, Alaska, 1.
12 Boys: EPSC Explosion, Eden Prairie, 2, Cicero Mayas Soccer Academy, Cicero, Ill., 1.
13 Girls: MBSA Red Rush, Maple Grove, 2, Dakota Rev Riptide, Rosemount, 1.
13 Boys: Cicero Mayas, Cicero, Ill., 2, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Twin Cities, 0.
14 Girls: NMSC Panthers, Missassauga, Ontario, 98 2, Mpls United Premier Black, Minneapolis, 0.
14 Boys: Minneapolis United Black Premier, Minnesota, 2, Brooklyn Italians, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1.
15 Girls: Minnesota Thunder Academy, Twin Cities, 1, NMSC Panthers, Mississauga, Ontario, 0.
15 boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 4, Follo SK, Oslo, Norway, 3.
16 Girls: Tokiwagi Gauken HS, Sendai, Japan, 4, Aurora Stingers, Aurora, Ontario, 0.
16 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 4, Real Cerezo,Wheeling, Ill., 2.
17 Girls: St Catharine’s Jets, St. Catharine, Ontario, 2, Minneapolis United, 1.
17 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 2, Edmonton Drillers, Edmonton, Alberta, 0.
19 Girls: Tokiwagi Gauken HS, Sendai, Japan, 6, Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden, 0.
19 Boys: Floro SK, Floro, Norway, 3, Minneapolis United Premier Black, 0.