Surly Brewing and Northern Brewer are sponsoring the 2012 SOB Cup, which kicks off on April 28th and McMurray Field in St Paul.
Even without the free beer provided by the club’s sponsors, the tournament promises to be hugely entertaining. The twelve-team field looks extremely competitive, with pundits struggling to name a favorite from either of the two groups.
Stegman’s Old Boys FC, fielding their MASL and MRSL squads, arrives at the tournament as defending champions and eager to defend their trophy.
“It’s ours literally, since this is our tournament and we bought it, and figuratively as well” said club Chairman Dan Hoedeman “and we had so much fun winning last year that we would very much like to do it again. We have to be polite about it as hosts, but I can tell you honestly that I had to re-phrase that sentence in my head four or five times before I kept it sounding like Kevin Keegan’s famous meltdown.”
St Cloud FC bring a team made up of players from their MASL Division 3 and 4 teams and look hard to beat. Not least because they won’t want to drive all the way home empty handed.
“We’ve seen these guys play and we know they are quality” said club Board Member Jake Keeler “but hopefully they hit the Surly early in the day and we can catch them napping.”
Stegman’s Old Boys supporters know first hand the quality of Kolour, who won home and away against the Blues last season, and Valencia who, though defeated in the SOB Cup final last season, might argue that their full side could have turned the tables. Both must surely be counted among the favorites.
V-Hawks and Eagle Street FC have big reputations and will look to burnish them during their first tilt at the SOB Cup.
“We’ve heard those boys can play a little ball” said Manager Jon Bisswurm “and considering that not once have I fallen for one of those Nigerian prince internet scams, if I believe it then you should too.”
There is quality throughout the field, with strength in depth through the entire list of competitors.
“The tournament opener is at 4pm on Saturday, and the beer flows free once that first whistle blows” said Hoedeman “I encourage everyone to get out to McMurray for what promises to be a truly unforgettable day of soccer – unless, of course, you imbibe too much. Then you might forget. But we are hopeful that there is only one Dave Tesch, as the song goes.”