Soccer Tournaments in Michigan
Two icons of the US National teams grew up playing soccer tournaments in Michigan. On the Men's side, Alexi Lalas was born in Birmingham, MI and, though long retired from playing, became one of the most famous American Soccer players in the world after playing in the 1994 World Cup, and scoring a memorable goal against England in a 1993 friendly.
On the women's side of the game, US national team defender Kate Markgraf (nee Sobrero) grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI and played her entire youth soccer career on the club and school teams of the Great Lakes state, before leaving to play at Notre Dame and, later, for the Boston Breakers.
While not especially known for strong roots in the professional game, Michigan does hold the distinction of hosting the first ever World Cup game to take place indoors. That was an opening round game between the USA and Switzerland at the Silverdome.
At a slightly lower level than the World Cup, Michigan's top USL team, the Michigan Bucks has occasionally raised eyebrows with giant-killing feats against MLS clubs in the US Open Cup.
Besides soccer, Michigan is a four season state that offers visiting soccer families 3,200 miles of fresh water shoreline, over 100 beaches, 3.9 million acres of pristine forest land and dozens of cities, large and small, with museums, restaurants and shops aplenty.
Here, then, is our list of soccer tournaments in Michigan.