The National Sports Center (NSC) is set for the second-largest soccer tournament of the summer with the All American Cup June 15-17. The tournament is second to only USA CUP in July.
This year, there is a record-high of 381 teams registered for the three day tournament. Of the 381 teams, 61 come from outside of Minnesota.
The tournament has continued to grow throughout the past two years. After hosting 270 teams in 2016, the All American Cup had 319 teams in 2017. Last year, there were 48 teams from outside of Minnesota compared to 61 this year.
“We are really excited to have the All American Cup to feature more teams than it ever has before,” Tournament Director Clinton LaBeau said. “Having so many teams from outside of Minnesota and the metro area is important for us because it provides teams with a chance to play against new competition.”
Four of the 61 teams are international squads. All come from Lakehead Express Soccer Club, based in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
For the out of state teams, there will be 37 teams from Iowa, 11 from South Dakota, five from Wisconsin, two from Nebraska and two from Illinois.
The longest travel for a team is the nearly 600-mile trip the 12 boys and 14 girls from Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club in Rapid City, South Dakota will take.
The tournament has 112 teams from out of the metro area that will be staying in hotels. These stays in hotel create a $3.03 million economic impact for the local area.
Teams will not be the only ones travelling to Blaine, 20 colleges have registered to send coaches to the All American Cup to recruit players. Coaches attending will come from schools in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois and Massachusetts.
“We want to have a competitive tournament, where players can get noticed,” LaBeau said. “This is a big tournament, which will have top level players in the Midwest.”
Games start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning and with championships scheduled for Sunday.
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