The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the return of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to the elite Gordon Jago Super Group for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII. Building upon a rich history of bringing future soccer stars to the premier tournament, this will be the sixth appearance for a U.S. Youth National Team in the Gordon Jago Super Group. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII will be played from March 20 through March 27, 2016.
U.S. World Cup veteran Tab Ramos will once again coach the team as they use the competitive strength of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup to prepare for the upcoming qualifying stages of the 2017 U-20 World Cup. As the U-20 World Cup is a year away, all current players in the U.S. U-20 pool qualify for the U-19 age bracket.
“We’re looking forward to once again participating in the Dallas Cup,” said U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos. “It gives us a perfect opportunity to evaluate our players against international competition on our home soil.”
In their 2014 Dallas Cup appearance, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team, featuring several rising stars, including Chelsea defender Matt Miazga and FC Dallas starting midfielder Kellyn Acosta, reached the Gordon Jago Super Group championship match. Last year, the U.S. qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, advanced to the quarterfinals, and was eliminated after taking eventual champion Serbia to penalty kicks.
Some of Dallas Cup’s most famous alumni have made their Dallas Cup debut while starring with the U.S. National Teams, including Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, and Michael Bradley.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the return of Brazilian side Fluminense FC to the elite Gordon Jago Super Group for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII. The club, based in Rio de Janeiro, recently claimed their first Brazilian U20 academy championship by defeating EC Vitória by an aggregate score of 4-1.
This will be the third Dallas Cup appearance by Fluminense. They have reached the tournament’s semi-final round in both of their previous appearances, with nine players from those teams having gone on to play professional soccer in five different countries.
Two-time Super Group Champion Tigres UANL from Monterrey, Mexico will also return to the Gordon Jago Super Group in 2016. Tigres is one of the most successful clubs in Dallas Cup history, having won ten “Boot and Ball” trophies, including the 2003 and 2011 Super Group titles.
Joining these teams in the Gordon Jago Super Group are the previously announced Barclays U18 English Premier League Champion Middlesbrough FC, defending Gordon Jago Super Group Champion Coritiba from Brazil, and Germany’s TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII, which will be held from March 20 – 27, 2016, will host over 180 elite clubs from around the world, including teams hailing from all six global soccer confedrations.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has been accepted into the Gordon Jago Super Group. The German side will join the previously announced, Coritiba FC from Brazil and England’s Middlesbrough FC, in the elite division of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII, which will be held from March 20 through 27, 2016.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced Coritiba FC will return to compete in the elite Gordon Jago Super Group. The two-time Dr Pepper Dallas Cup champion will attempt to win its second consecutive iconic “Boot and Ball” trophy during Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII, which will be held from March 20 through 27, 2016.
In April of this year, Coritiba defeated Monterrey of Mexico in the Gordon Jago Super Group final to claim their second Super Group championship, having won the competition in 2012. Evandro, who has since made several appearances for Coritiba’s senior side, scored two goals on the way to the 3-1 victory.
The Brazilian club will attempt to become the fifth club to win the Gordon Jago Super Group in consecutive years, and the first since 2004-05. Only Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid and Brazilian clubs SC Corinthians, Clube Atletico Paranaense, and EC Vitoria have accomplished this feat. Coritiba will join previously announced Middlesbrough FC, the current Barclays U18 English Premier League champion, in the Gordon Jago Super Group.
Also returning to the 2016 tournament to defend their title is current U15 Champion Eintracht Frankfurt, which earned their second U15 crown in five years by defeating FC Golden State in the final, 2-1. Eintracht Frankfurt outscored their opponents 29-4 on the way to the championship. It is the Bundesliga club’s third overall Dallas Cup title, previously winning the 2011 Super Group and 2010 U15 titles.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced that Middlesbrough FC, the current Barclays U18 Premier League Champion, has officially accepted the invitation to participate in the 2016 Gordon Jago Super Group. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII will be held from March 20 - 27, 2016.
“It is a real honor and privilege for the boys and the staff to be invited to the Dallas Cup,” said Middlesbrough FC Academy Manager Dave Parnaby. “It will be a great opportunity for the staff and players to receive a unique social and football education as we play against top teams from across the globe.”
Middlesbrough won the Barclays U18 Premier League last spring as they finished atop the standings, in part by defeating traditional powerhouses Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham by a combined score of 13 to 3. As a result of winning the Barclays U18 Premier League, Middlesbrough will compete in the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League as England’s domestic champion. The top European youth club competition will begin later this month with Middlesbrough taking on the French domestic champion, Stade de Reims, in a two-legged home and away match-up. If successful, they will advance to face the Italian domestic champion, Torino, or Senica, the Slovakian domestic champion.
Boro’s selection to Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII continues the long-standing relationship between the world-renowned tournament and the English Premier League. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City are among the Premier League clubs that have competed in past Dallas Cups.
This will be the first Dr Pepper Dallas Cup appearance for the renowned English youth academy. Several players from last year’s Championship winning team are expected to attend, including English U19 National team player Dael Fry, Josef Wheatley, Alex Pattison, and Harrison Chapman.
About Middlesbrough FC: Formed in 1876, Middlesbrough Football Club is based in Middlesbrough, England and play their games at the Riverside Stadium. Commonly referred to as “Boro” by their supporters, Middlesbrough was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992. Their esteemed academy includes graduates that have gone on to represent Australia, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland on the international level. Visit www.mfc.co.uk for the latest news.
About Dr Pepper Dallas Cup: Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States. Consisting of age groups from U13 to U19, Dallas Cup averages more than 100,000 spectators during tournament week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has hosted teams and referees from across 47 states, six continents and more than 100 countries. Follow Dallas Cup on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, concluded today as Coritiba from Brazil defeated Monterrey of Mexico in the Gordon Jago Super Group Final, 3-1. The contest was the final game of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI’s “Championship Weekend”, in which eight teams, representing four countries, were awarded Dallas Cup’s iconic “Boot and Ball” championship trophy.
Evandro, game-winning goal scorer of the Super Group final, kisses the trophy
Gordon Jago Super Group
In an exciting game worthy of deciding the Gordon Jago Super Group Final, both Coritiba and Monterrey showed fantastic on-the-ball skill which produced numerous scoring chances, and great goals. Coritiba struck first in the 8th minute, when Forward Thiago Lopes received a cross in the penalty area. Instead of trying to get off a difficult shot, Lopes laid off a beautiful ball onto the path of an onrushing Evandro da Silva, who blasted his shot past the Monterrey goalkeeper.
Monterrey responded in the 26th minute, when Erick Amaro beat the Coritiba goalkeeper to the ball on a corner kick, and flicked the ball into the net to tie the score.
Coritiba quickly responded when Lopes and da Silva teamed up again, this time on a free kick which da Silva headed home for the 2-1 lead.
Both teams continued to dazzle the boisterous crowd with entertaining soccer. In the 68th minute Coritiba midfielder, Vitor Vieira, played a quick give-and-go with a teammate to give himself space in Monterrey’s half of the field. While his long-distance shot was not strong, it was perfectly placed, and rolled in just inside the near post.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Coritiba lost a player to yellow card accumulation, and defended with 10 men for the remaining portion of the game. Monterrey had several excellent chances, but was unable to score again, giving Coritiba its second Gordon Jago Super Group championship in four years. The win is the twelfth Super Group championship by a Brazilian club since the elite division was founded in 1990.
Daniel Lopez (R) celebrates is last-minute game winning goal against FC Dallas
Jaguares de Chiapas denied FC Dallas their second Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI Championship of the day, in heart-breaking fashion.
FC Dallas 97B Premier struck first in the 13th minute, when FC Dallas’ Christopher Villalobos was able to connect on a sharp cross into the goal box, and flick it past the goalkeeper.
Jaguares controlled the pace of the game for long stretches, but FC Dallas still created several chances on the counter-attack, and was unlucky on several occasions not to increase their lead. The missed opportunities came back to haunt them in the 77th minute when Jaguares’ Ricardo Gonzalez headed home a cross to tie the game at 1-1. FC Dallas had a chance to re-take the lead one minute later when a shot beat the keeper, but hit the inside of the far post, and bounced back harmlessly into the field of play.
The game seemed destined to go to a deserving overtime, when, in the fifth minute of added-time, and on the last meaningful kick of the game, Daniel Lopez made a long run from midfield and uncorked a blistering left-footed shot, that flew past the FC Dallas keeper, and into the side netting for the winning goal. The 2-1 victory gave Jaguares their first Dallas Cup championship and denied FC Dallas Premier Head Coach, Scott Dymond, his second championship of the day.
Santos hoists their first "Boot and Ball" trophy
The Super 17’s championship game featured two Mexican rivals, Monterrey Rayados and Santos Laguna. Monterrey came into the match having won the most Dallas Cup championships, with fifteen, while Santos was seeking their first.
Santos kept the ball for long periods of play in the scoreless first half, creating several quality chances. Monterrey used quick counter-attacks to provide their offense for most of the game.
In the 76th minute Santos’ Jesus Ocejo Zazueta rose above his defender to head home the game’s only goal, and give Santos their first “Boot and Ball” trophy.
Santos and Monterrey prepare for the match
Golden State's shot bounces off the cross bar
The Under 17 Championship was a fitting pairing, in that the two most successful clubs in this year’s tournament met for the right to hoist the “Boot and Ball” trophy. FC Dallas sent three teams to the finals Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI, while FC Golden State sent two.
A vocal crowd, rose early for the game that kicked off at 10:00am. The crowd exchange chants as FC Dallas Premier fans shouted “F-C-DAL-LAS”, and Golden State Platinum supporters chimed in with “Ole’s” for each pass in extended possessions.
It was FC Dallas that rewarded its fans in the 28th minute when Gerver Chavez connected on a lofted ball over the top of Golden State’s back line, slotting the ball calmly past the onrushing keeper for the first goal of the game.
Golden State thought they had tied the score when a shot beat the FC Dallas keeper, but bounced down off the crossbar and harmlessly away from goal. Just a minute later Golden State was reduced to 10 men when a player received his second yellow of the game.
With time running out, another Golden State player was ejected for a violent conduct foul. FC Dallas’ Martin Gonzalez, sealed the win a minute late with a 89th minute strike.
The victory gave FC Dallas their third Dallas Cup Championship, the second one claimed by Head Coach Scott Dymond.
The following games were played Saturday, April 4.
It was two Washington club rivals, Seattle United Copa and Crossfire Premier Pre-Academy, who had their eyes on the U16 adidas Young Champions title in Saturday’s U-16 final matchup.
Seattle United’s captain, Jackson Ragen, struck first in the 12th minute. Ragen was able to squeak the ball past Crossfire’s goalkeeper, when he rose above his defender to nod in a hopeful cross.
Paul Rothrock padded the score in the 38th, to give United all the goals they would need, in a 2-0 victory. Seattle United Copa is the first team from the State of Washington to win a Dallas Cup age group.
Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany defeated FC Golden State USSDA U14 Academy, 2-1, to claim the U15 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI title.
Enrique Pena Zauner started the German side off right, with his 14th minute, perfectly placed, free kick strike.
William Justin Kabuya added to the lead five minutes into the second half to give his team some needed breathing room, as FC Golden State stormed back in the dying minutes of the game. Kevin Aguilar-Cervantes scored with one minute remaining to put Eintracht on their heels.
In added time, Golden State had a shot at the tying the game, but the last minute desperation header went wide of Frankfurt’s empty goal, for the final play of the game. This is Eintracht Frankfurt’s second Under 15 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Title, and first since 2010.
Penalty kicks were required to decide the Under 14 age group, after AC Brea and FC Dallas Pre Academy tied 1-1 at the end of overtime.
AC Brea Captain, Tye Herandez, scored in the 13th minute, to give his side a 1-0 lead.
FC Dallas tied the game 7 minutes later, when Luis Pacheco redirected a cross past the goalkeeper.
Neither team was able to add to their tally in regulation, which required AC Brea to play in their third consecutive overtime game.
The 20 minute overtime period remained scoreless, meaning the championship would be determined from kicks from the penalty spot. Aaron Tebay, hero in AC Brea’s quarterfinal penalty kicks victory, when he was an injury replacement for AC Brea’s regular keeper, and scorer of the game winning goal in the semifinal overtime win, came up big again in goal. He connected on his attempt, and stopped two FC Dallas shots to help AC Brea win the shootout, 3-1.
San Diego Surf SC Academy Select beat their Southern California rivals, FC Golden State PDA, by a score of 3-1, to take home the club's first "Boot and Ball" Championship trophy, in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI Under 13 final.
FC Golden State PDA scored first, in the 27 minute, when Juan Cruz’s shot deflected off a defender and into the far side of the net.
The lead did not hold up for long as Surf forward Alfredo Moran slotted his 31st minute shot past the keeper to tie the game.
Moran scored again in the 50th minute to put Surf up 2-1. Zachary McGordon added his team’s third goal when he blasted home a long-range shot with just nine minutes remaining.
Despite several chances late, FC Golden State was unable to score again, giving the San Diego Surf SC their first Dr Pepper Dallas Cup title.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI Champions are:
Gordon Jago Super Group: Coritiba FC (Brazil)
Under 19: Jaguares de Chiapas (Mexico)
Super 17’s: Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Under 17: FC Dallas Youth 98B Premier (Texas)
adidas Young Champions Under 16: Seattle United 98B Copa (Washington)
Under 15: Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Under 14: AC Brea B00 (California)
Under 13: San Diego Surf SC Academy Select (California)
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