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Sipping from the Cup

07/12/2014, 3:15pm CDT
By Media Staff

"Sipping from the CUP" is the daily news column in The Daily Kick. Each day during Schwan's USA CUP, we'll be using this column to feature short news items, humorous things seen on the campus, and even some gossip! Read and enjoy.

The intermittent rain and lighting delays that have hit the tournament over the first two days are just par for the course for weather-weary Minnesota locals. June was the wettest on Minnesota record books, leaving flooding, road washouts, damp basements, and drowned and damaged crops in its wake. Not to mention saturated soccer fields at the National Sports Center. On several days this spring National Sports Center staff have closed the playing fields to league and tournament play, to preserve the turf for Schwan’s USA CUP.

But once Saturday afternoon’s rain showers passed, the forecast is for a largely dry week ahead. Much cooler than normal, but for rain-battered Minnesotans, cool is cool, as long as the rain stops.

TJ Tronson, North Metro Television's drone pilot, poses with his drone.

If you hear a buzzing in the sky on Sunday at the National Sports Center, just look up in the sky and wave. North Metro Television 15 will be shooting video of Schwan’s USA CUP from their photographic drone. Pilot T.J. Tronson, NM15’s Special Events Coordinator, said the television station recently shot footage from the drone at Art-a-Whirl, a Minneapolis art festival, and he reported great images and no issues.

North Metro 15 will also be shooting video during Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday. Be sure to check NSCtv this week for some of the aerial video shot from the drone. We’re hoping it will be spectacular.  

Players from Esporte Clube Pinheiros from Sao Paulo sang the Brazilian national anthem at the USA CUP World Cup Viewing Party Saturday.

Fans of both Netherlands and Brazil here in the house at the third-place game World Cup Viewing Party Saturday afternoon at the Schwan Super Rink.

Long-time Schwan’s USA CUP volunteers Timon Luesink and Jarno Voigt hail from the Netherlands, and travel every year to spend three weeks working on the tournament. Luesink has helped in several different areas over the years, most recently as the transportation director.   

The four Brazilian teams playing in the tournament this year had to balance their game schedules Saturday, finishing their USA CUP games to join the World Cup in progress, or leaving early to take the pitch themselves.

It was a bittersweet Saturday for Luesink and Voigt, happy with a victory, but wishing the Dutch were playing Sunday instead.

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Tag(s): July 12, 2014