Stegman’s Old Boys FC are proud to announce the first annual SOB Cup, a pre-season tournament that will include some of the most glamorous amateur soccer teams from the Twin Cities. Presented by club sponsor Northern Brewer, the six-team invitational tournament will be played on Saturday, April 16th at Rice/Arlington Park in St Paul.
The tournament will include a number of famous names including Division 1 stalwarts Valencia, two sides newly promoted to Division 1, Athletic Club Minneapolis and Warlocks FC and 2009 League Cup semi-finalists Dynamo Eden Prairie. All will be vying to drink championship homebrew out of the cup and all with provide a stern test to the SOB teams.
Old Boys Chairman Dan Hoedeman commented “we’re delighted and proud to be welcoming some of Minnesota’s most high-profile and successful teams to Arlington Park for an exciting Saturday of proper football and just need to find a litre-sized cup to use as a trophy and as a photogenic beer-delivery device before we’re all ready to hit go on this tournament.”
Adding additional interest to the tournament, it will be the competitive opener for Stegman’s Other Boys, the newest member of the SOB family.
“We are particularly excited to open against such illustrious opposition” said General Manager Nick Sindt. “The Other Boys are already looking like they will be a dangerous opponent as we’ve had great luck bringing in talent, and this should help to make sure that all of the kinks have been worked out before what we hope to be a title-winning league campaign. It should also help to validate the 2011 version of the FIFA Lab, a critical piece of our tactical infrastructure.”
Northern Brewer is more than just a presenting sponsor. The homebrew merchants are already hard at work planning the at-event presence that will make this more than a mere soccer tournament.
“There is a clear confluence between soccer players and beer” said Manager Jon Bisswurm “and I know this more than anyone based on a certain incident involving soccer balls, a brewsky or twelve and an unimpressed gamecock. Let it happen. Anyway, it’s going to be great to have Northern Brewer on-site and active and even greater if we’re the team drinking the championship homebrew out of the cup. We’ll be giving it a go, that’s for sure.”
Valencia will go into the tournament as favorites, but with a field as strong and as competitive as this anything can happen.
“That’s the thing about tournaments, as we all know” said resident big man Dave Tesch “they’re unpredictable. And with super agent Mr Ben sure to be on the sidelines to do some scouting for Tunisienne FC and his other connections I have no doubt that players are going to be working to be noticed. I know that I will. I don’t think it’s a scam at all.”