Med City FC to play in NISA Independent Cup

Rochester amateur soccer team Med City FC will play in the prestigious NISA Independent Cup in July and August.

Med City FC Football Club logo
We are part of The Trust Project.

The National Independent Soccer Association announced the return of the NISA Independent Cup for July and August, with 36 clubs playing in nine regions across the country.

Rochester team Med City FC will be a part of it. The Mayhem had qualified for last year’s US Open Cup, only to have it not happen due to the COVID pandemic.


Med City FC overwhelms Dakota Fusion FC

Med City FC goalie Jarvis has persevered


Med City FC was approached earlier this year about participating in the 2021 edition of the NISA Independent Cup and Mayhem General Manager Frank Spaeth was excited about the idea.

“We wanted to get more games, especially at home, and we also wanted to test ourselves against higher-level competition,” Spaeth said. “The NISA Independent Cup helps us achieve both goals.”

Spaeth is hopeful that participating in the NISA Independent Cup will help the Mayhem get past the disappointment of not playing in the US Open Cup. It will also allow Med City FC more games.

Med“Now, whether we qualify for the (National Premier Soccer League) playoffs or not, we’ll be playing meaningful matches until late into July,” Spaeth said.

Spaeth expects the Mayhem to get in three NISA Independent Cup home matches, with dates to be announced soon.

Nine current and future NISA clubs will participate, as well as at least one club from eight different amateur leagues.

The Independent Cup, introduced last year as a regionalized competition, provides independent professional and amateur clubs a platform to play together on a national stage. The tournament kickoff date is July 9. Each of the nine regional competitions will crown a champion.

Pat has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion). Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or
What to read next
Taylor Heise has excelled on the world stage for U.S. women's hockey teams multiple times. In less than two weeks, the former Red Wing High School star and current University of Minnesota standout will get her first chance to play for a U.S. senior national team at the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championships.
Rochester took an early lead but it didn't last as Eau Claire scored in five consecutive innings.
The Honkers missed out on the postseason again this year, but still brought plenty of excitement to Mayo Field once again.
A big sixth inning helped Rochester overcome a three-run deficit and finish off the sweep in Waterloo.