Machine ascends north this week, heading to Blaine, MN for the US Open.
USA Ultimate Tournament Page: http://usopen.usaultimate.org
Schedule: The US Open runs from Friday (8/3) through Sunday (8/5), and features several top US and International teams. The tournament is run in conjunction with the USA Ultimate convention, a series of speakers and seminars on a variety of ultimate related topics from leading figures across the US, and coincides with the youth YCC US Open tournament.
Machine comes in seeded 5th overall, and shares a pool with Raleigh’s Ring of Fire, Denver’s Johnny Bravo, Minnesota’s Sub Zero, Japan’s Loquitos, and England’s Fire of London. After two days of round-robin pool play, the top two pool finishers will move onto semi-finals.
Video: Select games will be live streamed by USA Ultimate (including Machine's Friday's 10:30am CT game vs Ring of Fire, and Saturday's 10:45am CT game against Bravo). Select bracket play games will be live streamed on ESPN3. Full Schedule: http://usopen.usaultimate.org/watch-live/
Roster: Machine newcomers Ross Barker and Kurt Gibson will be making their season debuts. The tournament will serve as a homecoming for Barker, a native of St Paul, MN. Unfortunately, additional newcomer Nate Goff will be out with injury, and Machine defensive vets Andrew Sheehan and Stephan Mance will be out with pre-existing conflicts. Coach Andy Neilsen will be doing double duty, supporting Machine, while coaching the Chicago Boy's YCC team also competing in Blaine.
To follow all the action, check out Machine's Twitter for in-tournament updates: www.twitter.com/machineultimate
Highlights from our most recent tournament (the Pro-Elite Challenge in Denver, CO)