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33rd Schwan’s USA CUP youth soccer tournament kicks off July 14

07/12/2017, 3:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

1,168 teams from 15 countries, 17 states and 5 Canadian provinces will be represented

Blaine, Minn. (July 12, 2017) – The 33rd annual Schwan’s USA CUP at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn. will kick off Friday morning, featuring 1,168 teams from 15 different countries, 17 states, and five Canadian provinces. The tournament will run through Saturday, July 22.

This year’s team total is the second largest in the history of the event. Last year’s total of 1,178 teams was a record, and this year’s total is just ten short of that.

 

Schwan’s USA CUP is held on the campus of the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn. The tournament is unique as the only tournament of its size in the world that holds all its games on a single contiguous campus. The 600 acre sports campus will offer 51 full-sized soccer fields. In addition to soccer fields, the NSC boasts an 8,500 seat stadium, an eight-sheet ice arena, an 18-hole golf course, and a cycling velodrome. Schwan’s USA CUP is the facility’s flagship event, its largest and most diverse.

Schwan’s USA CUP also distinguishes itself with its extensive calendar of off-field activities – shopping in the Inaria Super Store, dining at one of the many food trucks spaced around the campus, attending evening dances, hunting for the Instagram Scavenger Hunt location each day, or posing for photos with PK, the Minnesota United FC mascot.

In addition to the teams, USA CUP attracts a diverse corps of referees. In fact, this year’s referee group represents more countries than do the teams – 18 in total – including the tournament’s first-ever referee from Pakistan, a FIFA referee named Muhammad Ali.

Here is the breakdown of where the registered teams and referees are coming from:

Country breakdown (15): Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Sweden, Uganda, United States.

Canada provinces sending teams (5): Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan.

U.S. states sending teams (17): Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin.

Referees coming from the following countries (18): Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, and United States.

Media can access a searchable and sortable list of registered teams in an Excel spreadsheet here: http://www.usacup.org/page/show/1551475-schwan-s-usa-cup-media

Here are the highlights of the tournament’s schedule:

Friday, July 14:
First games start at 7:50 a.m.
Minnesota United FC Open Practice at 10:30 a.m. in the NSC Stadium, with player meet-and-greet with USA CUP fans after practice (approximately 12 noon.)

Saturday, July 15:
Minnesota United FC vs. Atlas of Liga MX in an international friendly at 7:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium. Many USA CUP teams will be attending this match.

Sunday, July 16:
Championship day for the Weekend Tournament.

Monday, July 17:
Off-day; no games.


The U.S. Navy's Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will perform at the 2017 Schwan's USA CUP Opening Ceremony.

Tuesday, July 18:
Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. in the NSC Stadium. Featuring the Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy’s Parachute Team. Olympic-style parade of teams, fireworks and post-ceremony concert.

Wednesday, July 19:
Minnesota United FC vs. Houston Dynamo at 7 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium. Many USA CUP teams will be attending this match, and some will be featured on the field before warm-ups begin.

Thursday, July 20:
Minnesota United FC Open Practice at 10:30 a.m. in the NSC Stadium, with player meet-and-greet with USA CUP fans after practice (approximately 12 noon.)

Friday, July 21:
Playoffs begin.

Saturday, July 22:
Championship Saturday!
Some teams who have been eliminated from the playoffs may be attending the Minnesota United FC vs. New York Red Bulls game at 3 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.

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