Four English Teams Accepted to Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Under-19 Age Bracket
Teams include 2014 finalist, two former champions, and a tournament debutant

 

The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the acceptance of four English teams into the under-19 age bracket of the elite tournament. Liverpool FC Foundation College, Knowsley Youth, United Services Portsmouth, and Birmingham City FC Football and Education Development Programme will all be competing in the 36th edition of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, which will be held from March 29 through April 5, 2015. English teams have claimed a total of nine Dallas Cup iconic “Boot and Ball” trophies throughout the tournament’s 35-year history.

Liverpool Foundation College during Opening Day 2014Liverpool FC Foundation College will return to play in the U-19 bracket after a successful debut in the 2014 tournament. Liverpool finished second in their first Dallas Cup tournament, outscoring their opponents 13-4. Joining the U-19 squad at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI will be Liverpool’s U-17 team, which will compete in the U-17 Showcase Bracket.

Also returning are two former Dallas Cup champions, both celebrating appearance milestones in 2015. Knowsley Youth, winners of the 2011 U-19 championship, will be attending their 25th consecutive Dallas Cup tournament. Making their 35th consecutive appearance will be United Services Portsmouth, winners of the 1981 U-19 championship. United Services Portsmouth previously competed under the name “Royal Navy” before expanding to include all English military branches in 2014. 

The thirty-sixth edition of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will also mark the debut of Birmingham City FC’s Football and Education Development Programme. Birmingham City Football and Education Development Programme is run by Birmingham City FC's community department, and allows players to compete at a high level of soccer, while simultaneously focusing on educational pursuits.

The four English clubs will join previously announced Everton FC for the 2015 tournament. Everton, as current champions of the Barclays U18 Premier League, will participate in the elite Gordon Jago Super Group.

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