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Each July, the National Sports Center pulls off the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere: Schwan’s USA CUP. This year’s tournament welcomed 1,168 teams from 15 different countries and 17 different states. An event this huge requires an all hands on deck approach from full time staff members, as well as bringing in a group of 12 interns for the summer to make this worldwide tournament happen.

The intern class of 2017 served a vital function in putting the tournament together from three key departments: field sports services, campus operations and media. No matter the function they served, each individual walked away with valuable experience and the pride of being directly involved with such a huge event like USA CUP.

“We pulled off the biggest tournament in the Western Hemisphere. That’s just a pretty cool thing to be able to say,” Logan Halvorson, USA CUP activities and registration intern, said. “It was such a good internship because they literally throw you in there, and you have direct relations with everything that goes on in the tournament.”

Thirty-eight championship games held on final day of the 33rd Schwan's USA CUP July 22

07/22/2017, 6:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

BLAINE, Minn. (July 22, 2017) – Championship games for all divisions of the 33rd Schwan’s USA CUP youth soccer tournament were decided Saturday, July 22 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

This year’s tournament featured a turnout of 1,168 teams from 17 states and 15 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The event generated an estimated $33 million in economic impact.

A total of 38 championship games were played. Minnesota teams captured 20 titles.

Minneapolis United led race among the Minnesota clubs winning championships, with three titles. REV, Fusion, Blaine and Eden Prairie won two championships apiece. Single titles went to Edina, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Saint Paul Blackhawks, Brainerd, Cruz Azul, Joy of the People, Urban Stars and the Bloomington Youth Soccer Association.

Among the international championships, Canada and Mexico led the race with three championships each. Brazil and Costa Rica took two apiece. Haiti, China, Japan, and the Cayman Islands won a single title each.

U.S. states winning titles were Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.

SCHWAN’S USA CUP Weekend Tournament champions crowned on Sunday; tournament resumes Tuesday

07/16/2017, 7:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

BLAINE, Minn. (July 16, 2017) – Champions were crowned in 26 divisions of the Schwan’s USA CUP Weekend Tournament Sunday, July 16.

After a day off on Monday, Schwan’s USA CUP will resume on Tuesday, July 18. The Opening Ceremonies will be held at 7:30 Tuesday evening. The ceremonies will feature the Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy parachute team.

This year’s tournament features 1,168 teams from 17 states and 15 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The weekend and week-long tournaments together will generate an estimated $33 million in economic impact.