In July our U16 team went for a trip of a lifetime to the USA to play in the Schwan’s USA Cup and against top teams around the country, while receiving coaching from top academy coaches.
We started in Michigan with a visit to the University of Michigan soccer and American Football stadiums. The Big House is the largest stadium in North America and second biggest in the world. The team also visited the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, and attended a Detroit City FC match among other activities. The team stayed with host families where they got to experience life in an American home. The team trained at Wayne Memorial High School, the Alma Mater of coach Matt.
Michigan Tigers 0 – Rising Star 2
CW3 Jaguars 5 – Rising Star 3
Our next place to visit was Minneapolis for the Schwan’s USA Cup. The tournament hosts nearly 1,200 teams from around the world. We stayed at the University of Minnesota and had the opportunity to go to two MLS games for Minnesota United.
Highlighting the tournament was the olympic style opening ceremony where teams walked into the stadium by their country and states.
Matches Played – USA Weekend Cup
Minnesota Thunder Academy (Minnesota) 1 – Rising Star 3
Mundelein Strikers (Illinois) 2- Rising Star 2
Rising Star 1 – NWISC Galaxy (Iowa) 0
Quarter Final: Fusion SC Select (Minnesota) 1 – Rising Star 2
Semi Final: Inter FC (Illinois) 2 – Rising Star 1
Trebol FC (Illinois) 2 – Rising Star 2
Blaine Blitz (Minnesota) 0 – Rising Star 1
Rising Star 9 – Inver Grove Heights Heat (Minnesota) 1
Quarter Final Rising Star 3 – White Bear Soccer Club Deportivo (Minnesota) 2
Semi Final Midstate Green (Illinois) 2 – Rising Star 1
After the tournament ended we headed to Omaha, Nebraska where we visited the Henry Doorly Zoo which has been best zoo in the world. We trained with coaches from Nebraska Elite and played a match with their team of the same age at the University of Nebraska Omaha. We of course also played on the famous Omaha slides.
Nebraska Elite 2 – Rising Star 2
Finally is was off to Dallas where the team trained with the premier team of FC Dallas, considered one of the top academies in the US. Our team trained and played with their top teams. We then visited the FC Dallas stadium which is home to their MLS team and future home of the US Soccer Hall of Fame, where we some artifacts that will be on display there when it opens. We ended the trip with a friendly match against AYSES.
FC Dallas 8 – Rising Star 4
AYSES 3 – Rising Star 3