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Preview of Opening Ceremonies Tuesday Night

07/16/2012, 6:26pm CDT
By Madeline Greene

Teams playing in Schwan’s USA CUP, presented by PUMA, learn this is a tournament that’s about more than just soccer. There are a series of events and activities to help kids and adults make friends and memories for years to come.

And there’s no better place to see that in action than at Opening Ceremonies, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at the NSC Stadium.

Once the show begins, first off will be the Olympic-style parade, showcasing all the teams playing in USA CUP. This is the only time at USA CUP that all of the teams will gather together in the same place. International teams will march in by country. Visiting U.S. and Canadian teams will march behind their state or provincial banner, and Minnesota teams will be represented by their soccer club.

This year’s torch lighting team will be the U14 team, Midwest United, from Joplin, Missouri. The Joplin team will lead the parade, followed by the teams from Norway, a tip-of-the-cap the founding organization of USA CUP, the Sons of Norway.

“Opening Ceremonies will be a great experience for all of the kids, coaches and families,” said Opening Ceremonies intern, JJ Cattrysse. “It is good way to highlight the hard work of team and coaches as they push toward a championship at this tournament.”

Opening Ceremonies will also feature some of the most popular features from past Ceremonies, such as skydivers, fireworks and a stirring National Anthem that will be sung by young Coon Rapids, Minn. Singer Julius Andrews. The U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team will be honored, and the American flag will be carried onto the field by players from the Minnesota Stars FC pro soccer team.

Immediately following the conclusion of the fireworks display, the big show will be on the huge stage on the Stadium floor. The first annual “Rock the CUP, presented by PUMA” music event will feature top-40 artists Chris Rene and Outasight.

Outasight will open the music set, and will perform his new hit single, “Tonight is the Night.” Chris Rene, who will close the show, is set to perform his single, “Young Homie,” a song he performed three times on the television show, “X Factor.”

“Rock the CUP is going to be amazing,” said Cattrysse. “Some kids have never had the chance to get to a concert. It is just another way that USA CUP allows us to celebrate the goals of our athletes, on and off the field. We’d like to thank PUMA for making this show possible, and we also could not have put it together without the support of 101.3 KDWB”

Opening Ceremonies, including Rock the CUP is free to all who would like to attend. The ceremony will be webcast live around the world on Watching the broadcast is an $8.95 pay-per-view event. This is a great opportunity for those who are not able to attend in person, but would like to see their team represented at USA CUP.

For more information about Opening Ceremonies and Rock the CUP, please visit  

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