Schwan's USA Cup Draws Soccer Players to Blaine

Updated: 07/17/2013 6:23 AM By: Leslie Dyste

The Schwan's USA Cup draws thousands of young soccer players from around the world to Blaine every summer. That includes a team of young men from Haiti.

St. Paul native and former World Cup soccer player Tony Sanneh went to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

When he returned he started 'The Haitian Initiative.' He's got about 500 young girls and boys in Haiti involved in his soccer program.

They practice and play six days a week. They get free meals but have to keep up to date on their education.

"We have a few orphans who bounce around house to house. We have 11 and 12-year-olds who live on their own.

The Haitian players stay with host families while here.

They tell KSTP they are excited to be playing in Minnesota.