Dallas Cup alumni Giovanni Dos Santos and Kenny Cooper lead their teams to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. Cooper scored the winning goal on a penalty kick in extra time to lead the USA to victory over Panama as the team moves on to the semi-final against Honduras in Chicago. Dos Santos scored one goal and had two assists on set pieces to lead Mexico to 4-0 win over Haiti to go forward against Costa Rica in the other semi-final.
CONCACAF presented two of the four quarter-final games in this year’s edition of the Gold Cup at the Dallas Cowboys new $1.5 billion dollar stadium. The first sporting event at the recently opened stadium drew 82, 252 fans for the games. This attendance broke the Texas record for a soccer event previously held by Reliant Stadium in Houston.
There is every chance that the new attendance record set on Sunday could be broken this next Sunday (26 July). Chelsea FC of the English Premier League comes to town to take on Club America of Mexico at the new stadium as part of the World Football Challenge. Fans of the “Blues” and “Águila” are known to be huge supporters of their team as has been in evidence when the two clubs have had their youth teams participate in the Dallas Cup drawing thousands to the fields.