This week’s Minnesotan to Meet is a soccer star who never forgot where he came from. Tony Sanneh played at Pele Soccer camp at age 12, had a World Cup appearance and played alongside David Beckham in L.A.
An international soccer team that’s overcome incredible odds gets to bring home some hardware for a job well done. A team called “Haitian Initiative”, composed of young athletes from Haiti, played their way into the Championship game at Saturday night’s Schwann’s USA Cup. They were the runner’s up. The team was able to travel from the Caribbean with the help of retired soccer pro Tony Sanneh, who’s originally from Minnesota. Fifteen-thousand players from around the world came to the week-long soccer tournament in Blaine.
Hundreds of soccer teams are in Blaine this weekend for what’s called the “largest youth sports event in the Western Hemisphere.” One team, however, has overcome more than most of us could imagine to get a shot to compete.