Paul Erickson always wants to be number one.
National Sports Center
Dubbed the Summer of Soccer by Minnesota United FC, the team continued a season full of celebrating the game with a 2-0 win against English Premier League’s Swansea City AFC Saturday night in Blaine.
Four area teams were part of divisional championship games at the 30th anniversary of the Schwan’s USA Cup tournament Saturday.
Finalists included under-16 boys gold division champion Blaine Soccer Club’s Scorpions, who scored a 1-0 win against Bekkelaget Sportsklubb of Oslo, Norway.
A combined display of soccer fan craziness mixed with support for a local coach were front and center during what seemed to be an impromptu flash mob that engulfed the National Sports Center June 26.
The 30th edition of the Schwan’s USA CUP will again turn Blaine and the greater Twin Cities into a soccer mecca July 11-19.
The National Sports Center June 19 received some preliminary approvals from the Blaine City Council for a planned athletic fields expansion, but it was made clear that there is much work to do before the project is shovel-ready.
Built to host the Olympic Sports Festival in 1990 and the U.S. National Track Cycling Championships and Olympic Team Trials in 1992, Blaine’s velodrome celebrates its 25th year of racing at the National Sports Center.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bonding bill that includes four local projects, with three being in Anoka County.
Staff at the National Sports Center in Blaine are feeling optimistic that in 2014 they will wrap up an excavation project that started 11 years ago and that they will receive state funding to break ground on an athletic fields expansion project.