SPPS Shines in 2021 Mayor's Cup
Two Saint Paul Public Schools Play First High School Soccer Game at Allianz Field
Como Park and Humboldt high schools compete for the Mayor’s Cup on October 8
Updated 10/9/21: It was a beautiful night for the 2021 Mayor's Cup, and all four teams played hard, had fun and enjoyed every minute of their time under the lights at Allianz Field. Over 2,000 fans came to watch the games, including members of the Minnesota United FC team, Mayor Melvin Carter, Superintendent Joe Gothard, and friends and family members of both teams. In the end, the Como girls team took home the girls cup, and the Humboldt boys team claimed victory in a shootout. Game recaps can be found on the @spps_news and @allianzfield Twitter feeds.
When the Como Park Cougars and Humboldt Hawks varsity girls and boys soccer teams take the pitch on Friday, October 8, they will make history as the first high school soccer games ever played at Allianz Field. Home of the Minnesota United FC, the Twin Cities’ newest professional stadium has also hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), CONCACAF Gold Cup, concerts and other major events since opening in 2019.
"It’s such a great opportunity for the team to step onto a professional field like Allianz Field and also knowing that the USWNT has played there before and will be playing there later on in October," said Humboldt girls soccer coach Jessica Adame. "Not a lot of people get to have this opportunity, and we are so happy to be a part of this moment and share it with our community."
The games are part of the Mayor’s Cup, an annual tradition between the Cougars and Hawks that will be extra special this year thanks to the games’ major league location. Since the Cup’s inaugural matches in 2016, the Como girls team has won it every year, while the boys teams have passed the title back and forth.
"For some of our players, this will be the first time they will get to see the stadium," said Como Park girls coach Gaby Diaz. "I want them to live in the moment, make incredible memories with their teammates, and play with no regrets. We are so blessed and incredibly thankful to the club and school district for allowing us to represent our community in this manner."
Saint Paul Public Schools has other ties to the Minnesota United FC team: Current Central High School senior Fred Emmings was added to the team’s roster as a goalkeeper when he was a sophomore in 2020.
On October 8, the girls teams will play first at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and capacity is capped at 1,500 spectators. Both Cup ceremonies will follow the boys game.
"We are sincerely grateful to Bell Bank, Minnesota United and the City of Saint Paul for this incredible opportunity for our student athletes," says Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard. "Giving these young people the chance to play on such a grand stage can serve to inspire them to continue to pursue their dreams, both on and off the pitch."