MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One of the biggest youth soccer tournaments in the world got underway in Blaine over the wekend as seven teams from Minnesota took home titles from the Schwan’s USA Cup Weekend Tournament.
Over the course of the event, which runs until July 20, more than 1,000 teams from 17 states and 17 countries will compete at the Schwan’s USA Cup on as many as 48 fields at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Tournament officials said it will end up generating more than $20 million for the local economy.
The Minnesota Thunder Academy had five teams qualify for championship games in the weekend tournament, finishing with a 3-2 record in those games. The St. Croix Academy had four championship games and finished 3-1. The girls 19-and-under team from Dakota Rev also won its title to give Minnesota seven championships four the tournament.
The other local champions included the 11-and-under boys team from Stillwater, the 15-and-under boys super elite team from Stillwater, the 14-and-under MTE girls super elite team from the Twin Cities, the girls 15-and-under MTA 98 Blue team from the Twin Cities and the 19-and-under St. Croix Rossoneri from Stillwater.
This is the 29th year of the Schwan’s USA Cup.