Minnesota teams won six titles today as championship games for all 17 divisions of the 29th Schwan’s USA CUP, powered by Sport Ngin, were played on Saturday, July 20 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Minneapolis United FC won two championships and other Minnesota titles went to the St. Croix Soccer Club, North Star FC, Maplebrook Soccer Association and the Centennial Soccer Club.
Among the titles going to visiting teams, Ontario teams won three championships and Illinois two. Costa Rica, Japan and Brazil also took home championship trophies. The Tokiwagi Gakuen High School, from Sendai, Japan came to USA CUP with two teams, and both won titles, in the 16 and 19 girls division.
This year’s tournament features a record turnout of 1,007 teams from 17 states and 17 countries, making it the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The weekend and week-long tournaments together will generate an estimated $20.4 million in economic impact.
Here are the scores of the top two flights in each of the 17 different divisions:
11 Boys Gold: Minneapolis United Black 1, UNAM Azul, Mexico City, Mexico 0.
11 Boys Silver: Colegios Colombia, Bogota, 6 Tenancingo, Mexico, 4
11 Girls Gold: Aurora Stingers, Aurora, Ontario 3, Orono Thunder, Minn. 1.
11 Girls Silver: Gillette Edge, Wyoming 3, Woodbury Razmatazz Royals, Woodbury, Minn. 0
12 Boys (8v8) Gold: Trops FC Niteroi, Niteroi, Brazil 4, Blizzard Wanderers, Calgary, Alberta 3.
12 Boys (8v8) Silver: Rio de Janeiro Select, Brazil 4 Edgars Youth Programme, Kampala, Uganda 3
12 Boys (11v11) Gold: Vaughan Azzurri Bulldogs, Vaughan, Ontario 5, Internationals Red, Cleveland, Ohio 0.
12 Girls Gold: South Simcoe United FC, New Tecumseth, Ontario 5, Minneapolis United Fire 1.
12 Girls Silver: Eagan Wave, Minn. 3, NSSA Hurricanes, Shoreview, Minn. 0
13 Boys Gold: Cruz Azul Seminario 2000, Mexico City, Mexico 1, MTA 00 Blue, Minneapolis, Minn. 0.
13 Boys Silver: Cruz Azul La Noria, 2000, Mexico City, Mexico 3, Colegio Bilingue San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica 0
13 Girls Gold: North Star FC, Blaine, Minn. 2, Dakota Rev Fusion, Rosemount, Minn. 0.
13 Girls Silver: Eclipse 2000, Fairbanks, Alaska 5, Arsenal Renegades, Coon Rapids, Minn. 2.
14 Boys Gold: Ela Elite, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1, Haitian Initiative, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 0.
14 Boys Silver: Cicero Mayas, Cicero, Illinois 4, Academia de Futbol Diportio, Cali, Colombia, 1.
14 Girls Gold: Maplebrook Rush Premier, Maple Grove, Minn. 9, Minneapolis United Express 0.
14 Girls Silver: Delta Coastal Sting, North Delta, British Columbia 3, NLS Thunderbolts, Ramsey, Minn. 0
15 Boys Gold: South Suburban Academy, Chicago, Ill. 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
15 Boys Silver: Bayamon Futbol Club, Bayamon Puerto Rico 3, PRHPSA, San Juan, Puerto Rico 0
15 Girls Gold: Centennial Cougars Premier, Circle Pines, Minn. 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
15 Girls Silver: WBL Shock, White Bear Lake, Minn. 2, HFC United, Hastings, Minn. 1
16 Boys Gold: Regional Proyecto Gol, Heredia, Costa Rica 3, Jaegersborg, Copenhagen, Denmark 1.
16 Boys Silver: CMYSA Thunder, St. Cloud, Minn. 1, Team Ecuador, Quito 0
16 Girls Gold: Tokiwagi Gakuen High School, Sendai, Japan 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
16 Girls Silver: Sault Civics 2, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 2, PSA Ice, Plymouth, Minn. 0
17 Boys Gold: St. Croix 96 Select Red, Stillwater, Minn. 1, Club Medico Santiago, Santiago, Chile 0.
17 Boys Silver: PSA Rebels, Plymouth, Minne. 2, Universidad La Salle, Mexico City, Mexico 0
17 Girls Gold: St. Catharines Jets, St. Catharines, Ontario 2, Prior Lake Storm 1
17 Girls Silver: Big Sky Missoula, Montana 2, Euro FC Goal Diggers, Rochester, Minn. 1
19 Boys Gold: Minneapolis United Black 2, Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden 1.
19 Boys Silver: Avhalot, Blaine, Minn. 4, Centro Universitario Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico 1
19 Girls Gold: Tokiwagi Gakuen High School, Sendai, Japan 9, Blaine Thunderbirds, Minn. 1.
Here are summaries of each of the championship games in the top division of each age level:
11 Boys: Minneapolis United Black 2, UNAM Azul, Mexico City, Mexico 1.
In the championship game of Schwan’s USA CUP 11 boys tournament, Minneapolis United Black was matched up against UNAM Azul from Mexico City. Minneapolis United Black took advantage in possession during the first half with Andres Garcia Butkowsk scoring eight minutes in to the game.
UNAM A came back strong in the second half and evened the scoring at the 46 minute mark on a goal by Alejandro Toledo Cuenca. With the score now 1-1, neither team could find the back of the net to take the win before regulation time was over, leading the game to overtime. After a scoreless 10 minute overtime, Minneapolis United Black won the penalty-kick shootout 3-1, leaving the final score 2-1. The Minneapolis United players who scored goals in the shootout were Andres Garcia Butkowsk, Christopher Martin, and Mark Overman. Alejandro Castillo Saleh scored the lone shootout goal for UNAM.
11 Girls: Aurora Stingers, Aurora, Ontario 3, Orono Thunder, Minn. 1.
Aurora goalkeeper Erica Fiorentino stood her ground early, stoning an Orono breakaway to preserve a scoreless tie. Orono keeper Elisa Lundblad answered the spotlight with strong play of her own, withstanding a flurry of Aurora chances midway through the first half.
Aurora’s Cloey Uddenberg finally opened the scoring late in the first, converting on a goalmouth chance to make it 1-0.
A strong Stingers cross found the foot of Sidney Gardiner a few minutes into the second stanza to give the Canadians a 2-0 lead, before Hailey Appleby stretched the lead to 3-0 on a clean breakaway.
Forward Riley Prueter finally got Orono on the board with a long strike from well outside the box, lofting the ball over Fiorentino late in the match to make it 3-1.
Appleby made a strong bid for her second goal of the match on a play reminiscent of her first tally just a few minutes later, ringing a strike off of the post and out.
In the end, the near miss wouldn’t matter, as Aurora held on for a decisive 3-1 win.
12 Boys (8v8): Trops FC Niteroi, Niteroi, Brazil 4, Blizzard Wanderers, Calgary, Alberta 3.
Despite a flurry of quick offensive chances for the Brazilians, Wanderers defender Rhett Freiter kicked off the scoring early in the first half, beating goalkeeper Leonardo Panciero from point-blank range to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead.
A pair of impressive stops by Wanderers keeper Liam Collens just moments later preserved the Wanderers slim lead midway through the first half, before Own Antoniuk converted on a Calgary penalty kick to make it 2-0
The score would stand after a missed FC Nitori penalty kick early in the second half, before a clearing attempt by the Brazilian netminder ricocheted in off the chest of Canadian defender Daniel Lee, who appeared to be shaken up on the play.
Forward Claudio Miranda kicked off a furious Nitori comeback just a few minutes later, before Lucas dos Santos made it 3-2 shortly thereafter.
Miranda knotted things up with his second of the game, sending the two sides to an unexpected overtime, where an even more unexpected goal sealed the championship, as dos Santos netted a penalty kick to seal the title, 4-3 for Nitori.
12 Boys (11v11): Vaughan Azzurri Bulldogs, Vaughan, Ontario 5, Internationals Red, Cleveland, Ohio 0.
The Vaughan Bulldogs from Ontario scored early and late to rack up a dominating 5-0 championship victory over the Internationals Red from Cleveland. Jordan Perruzza scored in the 11th minute to put Vaughan on the board as the Bulldogs dominated possession. The Internationals, however, regained some momentum midway through the first half and even had some excellent scoring chances thwarted only by the excellent work of Vaughan goalkeeper Anthony Cerminara.
After the break Vaughan regained all the momentum, dominating possession time and scoring chances. Four second half goals – by Perruzza, his second, Daniel Raimondo, Stefan Copetti, and Dujon Martin (in the 57th minute) sealed the championship for the Ontario side.
12 Girls: South Simcoe United FC, New Tecumseth, Ontario 5, Minneapolis United Fire 1.
Simcoe netted a quick goal off the foot of Michele Covello just a few minutes into the first half to make it 1-0, controlling the field early and generating a series of chances within the first few minutes.
A sprawling, backdoor save by Minneapolis United goalkeeper Lucy Kiernat on Simcoe’s Alexandra Sweeney kept the Canadians in check as the first half moved along, but the squad’s speed and possession game continued to be the story of the match.
Simcoe striker Natalia Casiello made it 2-0 as the first half began to wind down, before Covello struck again on an easy redirect just a few minutes later to push the lead to 3-0.
Casiello made it 4-0 on a drive midway through the second half that appeared to rattle Kiernat, drawing a bipartisan show of support from the crowd, before Covello made it 5-0 on a two-player breakaway to complete the hat-trick.
Minneapolis United’s Lizzie Mewes finally found the back of the net late, but it wouldn’t be enough to down Simcoe, who took home the girls’ U12 gold 8v8 title 5-1.
13 Boys: Cruz Azul Seminario 2000, Mexico City, Mexico 1, MTA 00 Blue, Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Thunder Academy goalkeeper Matthew Jaeger’s diving saved preserved an early scoreless tie in the largely defensive contest. Defense would define the match’s opening stanza, as the first half ended scoreless, but with plenty of physicality, including a late red card for Cruz Azul.
The yellows continued to fly in the second half, as the match seemed destined for penalty kicks.
In the end, the match would be decided by the shootout heroics of Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Lima Uranga, who stopped all five MTA chances that he faced, en route to a 1-0 Azul victory.
13 Girls: North Star FC, Blaine, Minn. 2, Dakota Rev Fusion, Rosemount, Minn. 0.
It was a battle between north and south soccer clubs as North Star FC from the northern Twin Cities won the U13 girls championship today 2-0 over the Dakota Rev from the southern suburbs. The victory was well deserved as North Star dominated the run of play with crisp passing and strong individual ball skills.
North Star FC’s Shayne Shoenfelder hit the post twice in the first half as her side constantly created opportunities. That pressure paid off shortly after the second near miss when she slotted home the opening goal of the game four minutes before halftime. The insurance goal was then added half way through the second half when a free kick from just outside the box cleared the wall and was punched straight up in the air by the Rev keeper Elizabeth Zender. In the ensuing melee North Star player Rebecka Musungu nudging the ball into the back of the net.
Over the run of the tournament, North Star FC dominated the 13 girls division with 23 goals scored and only one against.
14 Boys: Ela Elite, Lake Zurich, Ill. 1, Haitian Initiative, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 0.
Both Ela Elite and Haitian Initiative came out looking to gain control of the match, but neither team could find the back of the net in the first half. Haitian Initiative goalkeeper Jean Renaud Anis made some nice saves to preserve the shutout.
The second half was a different story as Aden Flores of Ela Elite scored on a penalty kick bringing the game to 1-0. Ela Elite continued to get more quality shots on goal, but Anis did an outstanding job of keeping the game 1-0. Haitian Initiative worked hard to attempt to tie up the score, and even had an apparent goal called back on an offside call.
14 Girls: Maplebrook Rush Premier, Maple Grove, Minn. 9, Minneapolis United Express 0.
Maplebrook kicked off the scoring with a pair of quick goals in the match’s opening moments, converting on a corner from the right side, before Tori Jensen ripped a long shot home to make it 2-0 early, before a near miss by Makenzie Langdok nearly added another tally to Maplebrook’s high-flying start.
Langdok wouldn’t miss on her second opportunity however, calmly netting her first of the half to make it 3-0. Gabrielle Pitera would add her own tally midway through the half, pushing Rush Premier’s lead to 4-0, before Langdok struck again to make it 5-0 to close out the half.
Rush showed no signs of slowing down in the second, netting another goal off of a right-side cross to put the Maplebrook side ahead 6-0, tacking on another three tallies before time expired for a 9-0 Rush win.
15 Boys: South Suburban Academy, Chicago, Ill. 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
South Suburban Academy, from the Chicagoland area, defeated Minneapolis United 1-0 in the championship game for 15 boys. Minneapolis had several good scoring chances early in the game but were thwarted by South Suburban keeper Jose Rodriguez. Those chances would prove to be the best of the day for Minneapolis as South Suburban slowly began to gain the run of play.
South Suburban’s hard work paid off late in the first half when Francisco Avila chipped in a long service ball off a free kick that would prove to be the game winner.
The second half was a back and forth affair with neither team generated much in the way of offense or scoring chances as South Suburban played conservatively to preserve the lead and eventually, the championship.
15 Girls: Centennial Cougars Premier, Circle Pines, Minn. 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
Right from the opening whistle, this was a defensive battle. The first half showcased Maria Northrop who set up numerous goal attempts for Centennial. Phoebe Warner, the goalkeeper for Minneapolis United, was vicious as she attempted to keep her team above water by connecting with the ball before it reached the net. A breakaway in the 23rd minute looked like a prime scoring opportunity for the United as Peri Hoff got off a good shot on goal. She fell short and the first half ended with the score was tied at zero.
In the second half, both teams had opportunities, but regulation time ended with a scoreless tie, which continued through the overtime.
The Cougars won the shootout by scoring three goals by Northrop, Julia Anderson and Rachel Boyer. On defense, the Centennial goalkeeper, Caitlyn Bangert, saved all three attempts by Minneapolis United.
16 Boys: Regional Proyecto Gol, Heredia, Costa Rica 3, Jaegersborg, Copenhagen, Denmark 1.
In an international matchup, Regional Proyecto Gol from Costa Rica defeated Denmark’s Jaegersborg 3-1 to win the Schwan’s USA CUP 16 Boys Gold Division. Jaegersborg took the lead halfway through the first half when Martin Phipps Walter scored off a rebound after a hard shot on goal from the left side. Regional controlled much of the run of play the rest of the half and that work paid off when Gerald Contreras equalized in the 33rd minute. The rest of the first half would see several other good scoring chances for the Costa Rican’s but the half ended 1-1.
Regional continued to control play for the majority of the second half and found themselves with numerous opportunities to take the lead. Finally in the 52nd minute Contreras netted his second goal after a poor heading clearance by the Danes resulted in him volleying the ball to himself for a high quality goal and a lead they’d never relinquish. Lenon Matarrita scored the insurance goal in the 74th minute off a corner kick and mad flurry in front of goal.
16 Girls: Tokiwagi Gauken High School, Sendai, Japan 1, Minneapolis United Premier Black 0.
This showdown between two evenly matched opponents ended in a 1-0 victory for Tokiwagi. Impressive because Tokiwagi played the entire match short one player due to injuries.
The first half played to a 0-0 draw with no clear advantage for either squad. Minneapolis United had two close chances that went wide. Tokiwagi hit a post at the 30:00 mark.
Starting in the second half, Minneapolis gained early momentum which seemed to be a halftime adjustment. However, Tokiwagi slowly pressed throughout the second half. Minneapolis had a free kick sail high for a close call. The critical point in the match came at 78:00 when a foul in the box was called on Minneapolis. The penalty kick was converted by Rio Matsuki with a right side kick over the outstretched fingers of Minneapolis goalie Margaret Fisher.
17 Boys: St. Croix 96 Select Red, Stillwater, Minn. 1, Club Medico Santiago, Santiago, Chile 0.
St. Croix and Club Medico Santiago played to a physical and scoreless tie through two halves, with multiple red cards issued.
Despite a commanding physical presence by St. Croix and the quick passing of Medico, it would take additional penalty kicks to decide the U17 boys’ final.
Following a heated string of penalty kicks in which multiple yellow cards were issued to the Chilean side, St. Croix’s Charlie Farrington finally netted the game-winner in extra sessions.
17 Girls: St. Catharines Jets, St. Catharines, Ontario 2, Prior Lake Storm, Minn. 1.
The first half was clearly dominated by Prior Lake as they began to build momentum that resulted in an early goal by midfielder, Payton Vedders.
The Jets regained control of the game in the second half. Goals by Mia De Gaff and Erica Hubert helped elevate the team to a 2-1 lead over the Prior Lake Storm, the final score.
19 Boys: Minneapolis United Black 2, Rudbeckianska, Vasteras, Sweden 1.
A spirited game by Rudbeckianska and Minneapolis United ended in a victory for Minneapolis 2-1.
Things started off quickly for Minneapolis on a goal by Elliot Cassutt.at only 9:00. Cassutt created enough space for a clean shot that followed a corner kick. The remainder of the half was back and forth. Rudbeckianska had a header just over the crossbar right before three consecutive corner kicks at the 24th minute.
In the second half, Rudbeckianska carried play for the first 15 minutes. Momentum changed on a header off the crossbar in the 64th minute by Minneapolis. Then in the 71st minute, Anders Holmberg for Runbeckianska placed a header deflection off a free kick into the lower corner to tie the match.
Minneapolis midfielder Charles Sheppard gave United the winning goal in the 84th minute when his close-in kick bounced off the post and crossed the line before goalie Patrick Apel of Runbeckianska could reach it.
19 Girls: Tokiwagi Gauken High School, Sendai, Japan 9, Blaine Thunderbirds, Minn. 1.
Tokiwagi came into the championship game undefeated, having given up only one goal in five games – to the Blaine Thunderbirds back in pool play. So it was ironic when the Japanese powerhouse team fell behind 0-1 on an own goal 14 minutes into the game.
From that point on, however, Tokiwagi put on a passing and possession clinic. They scored the equalizing goal 33 minutes in, and went on to score eight more times by the final whistle for a 9-1 final score. Ayano Iwaki scored three times, Nana Ichise and Rikako Kobauashi twice, and Asuka Doi and Narumi Kuratani tallied a single goal each.
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