Photos: Teams show their pride at USA CUP Opening Ceremony

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.
Members of the Blaine Soccer Club make their entrance during the Schwan’s USA CUP Opening Ceremony on Tuesday. The youth soccer tournament features 1,168 teams from 17 states, five Canadian provinces and 15 countries. Held at Blaine’s National Sports Center, the tournament features the Opening Ceremony, which is an Olympic-style parade of teams. (Photo by Sam Herder)
Members of the Blaine Soccer Club make their entrance during the Schwan’s USA CUP Opening Ceremony on Tuesday. The youth soccer tournament features 1,168 teams from 17 states, five Canadian provinces and 15 countries. Held at Blaine’s National Sports Center, the tournament features the Opening Ceremony, which is an Olympic-style parade of teams. (Photo by Sam Herder)

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.

Teams walked around the field at National Sports Center Stadium in front of packed bleachers until filling in the field. Team colors, cultural costumes, country and state flags, face paint and team banners made for a electric ceremony.

Members of the Coon Rapids Soccer Association make their entrance during the Schwan’s USA CUP Opening Ceremony. (Photos by Sam Herder and Bill Jones) Blaine soccer players dress up for the occasion. The Canadian teams left no shortage of pride during their stadium walk. Teams from Brazil wave their flags after entering the stadium. A member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team lands in the stadium. A Navy Leap Frog member lights the cauldron to wrap up the Opening Ceremony. Members of the Blaine Soccer Club make the walk around the stadium in front of a packed crowd. Players from Mexico brought the energy to the Open Ceremony. A soccer coach shows his Hawaiian pride after running out of the tunnel. Soccer players from Brazil enter the stadium. The USA CUP Opening Ceremony ended with fireworks as youth soccer teams filled the National Sports Center Stadium.
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Members of the Coon Rapids Soccer Association make their entrance during the Schwan’s USA CUP Opening Ceremony. (Photos by Sam Herder and Bill Jones)