BLAINE, Minn. (July 1, 2014) – The July 4th holiday weekend is usually relatively quiet at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine. Energy is focused on final preparations for the Schwan’s USA CUP soccer tournament the following two weekends.
But this year is different. Three major events in three different sports – ultimate, soccer and hockey – will headline a busy weekend, July 3-6. All three events have an international component, which will provide a perfect lead-in to the NSC’s largest single event, the Schwan’s USA CUP youth soccer tournament, July 11-19.
Ultimate teams from four different countries will compete for the U.S. Open Ultimate Championship, July 3-6.
Here is a rundown of this weekend’s events, starting with ultimate, then soccer and finally hockey:
U.S. Open Ultimate Championship, July 3-6, preliminary round games on the J, K and L fields. Semifinals and championship games on U2 and U1.
The 2014 U.S. Open Championship is the kickoff event of USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour (TCT). The top U.S. Pro Flight teams in the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions will face off against international teams from Canada, United Kingdom and Colombia. Each will be in the hunt for a $2,000 cash prize to the championship team. The semifinals and championships will be broadcast on ESPN3 on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is a list of the teams competing:
Clapham, Ultimate, London, U.K.
Evolution, Medellin, Colombia
Furious George, Vancouver, B.C.
Ironside, Boston, Mass.
Johnny Bravo, Boulder, Colo.
Revolver, San Francisco, Calif.
Sockeye, Seattle, Wash.
Sub Zero, Minneapolis
AMP, Philadelphia, Pa.
Chad Larson Experience, Ames, Iowa
Drag’n Thrust, Minneapolis
The Ghosts, Boston, Mass.
One to One, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Polar Bears, San Francisco, Calif.
Union, Toronto, Ontario
Wild Card, Boston, Mass.
Bamboo, Bogota, Colombia
Brute Squad, Boston, Mass.
Fury, San Francisco, Calif.
Iceni, London, U.K.
Riot, Seattle, Wash.
Scandal, Washington, D.C.
Showdown, Austin, Tex.
Traffic, Vancouver, B.C.
Preliminary Round games will be played 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Saturday on the J, K and L fields. Here is the schedule for semifinals and championships:
Saturday, July 5:
12 noon, Mixed semifinal #1, field U1
1 p.m., Mixed semifinal #2, field U2
2:30 p.m., Women’s semifinal #1, field U1
3:30 p.m., Women’s semifinal #2, field U2
5:30 p.m., Men’s semifinal #1, field U1
8 p.m., Men’s semifinal #2, field U1
Sunday, July 6:
11 a.m., Mixed championship, field U1
1:30 p.m., Women’s championship, field U1
5:45 p.m., Men’s championship, field U1
For more information: http://www.usaultimate.org.
Minnesota United FC vs. Mexico U21 National Team, July 4, 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at about 10 p.m.
The North American Soccer League’s spring season champion Minnesota United FC will return to the pitch on Friday night for the traditional 4th of July game at the National Sports Center. The Mexico squad comes to Friday’s game at the NSC after playing to a 3-3 draw vs. the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL last Sunday in San Antonio.
Friday’s game kicks off a busy two weeks for Minnesota United. After the Mexico game, the team goes on the road to play Fort Lauderdale in a NASL league game on Saturday, July 12. The Loons then return home for a NASL league game during USA CUP against the Carolina Railhawks on Thursday, July 17. The highest profile game in the series will be an exhibition match against Swansea City of the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday, July 19. This game, which will conclude Schwan’s USA CUP, will mark the first appearance by an EPL team in Minnesota.
For more information: http://www.mnunitedfc.com.
One Hockey Minnesota Summer Slam, Schwan Super Rink, July 3, 5-6.
This youth hockey tournament will attract 20 boys and girls teams from Minnesota, New York, Illinois, Missouri and Canada. Teams are from the 1998 to 2004 age groups.
For more information: www.onehockey.net.
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