Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 9, 2018) – The field of international teams set to appear at the 2018 U.S. Open Club Championships is nearly full and includes some of the world’s best teams. Teams from six nations or regions will make the trip to Blaine, Minn., this August to take on the top eight American teams in each of the event’s three competition divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s.
International teams in the men’s division will be the Buzz Bullets from Japan, Fire of London from the U.K., and Loquitos and Osaka Spirits from Japan. The mixed division will include Team Germany, Team Mexico, Japan’s Crazy and Colombia’s Fire. The lone confirmed women’s division international team is the Black Widows, an all-star squad from Southeast Asia that includes athletes from Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. The remaining spots in the women’s division will be filled over the next several weeks.
Team Mexico and Colombia Fire will both be making their second consecutive trips to the U.S. Open. Each of the other confirmed international teams will be making their first appearance at the event.
The U.S. Open Club Championships is the only major, annual international tournament in the United States and features 36 teams, 12 in each competition division. Traditionally, the field includes a total of 12 international teams. The event was first held in 2012 as the U.S. Open Championships but was combined with the Youth Club Championships beginning in 2017 and was rebranded as the U.S. Open Club Championships. The new, combined event is USA Ultimate’s largest event of the year, including more than 125 teams and upwards of 2,500 athletes.
The 2018 U.S. Open Club Championships will take place Aug. 3-6, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The International Club Championships division will be contested Aug. 3-5, with the Youth Club Championships teams competing Aug. 4-6.