DALLAS, Texas (Friday, Jan. 6) – The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the addition of two teams making their Dallas Cup debut in 2017: Macabbi Haifa F.C and Red Bull Brasil. The newcomers will join the elite Gordon Jago Super Group for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVIII which will take place from April 9-16, 2017.
Hailing from the Israeli city of Haifa, Macabbi Haifa F.C. is one of the “Big Four” clubs in the Israeli Premier League. This year, Macabbi Haifa will become the first Israeli team ever to compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group, and the first Israeli team to compete in the tournament since 2001. The club currently sits atop the table in the U19 Elite Division in Israel as they look to win their third division title in four years. To many, the youth division of Macabbi Haifa is considered the role model of youth soccer in Israel, and the club will try to uphold this reputation in their Dr Pepper Dallas Cup debut.
Also making their Dr Pepper Dallas Cup debut is Red Bull Brasil out of São Paulo. The fledging Brazilian club was founded in 2008 with aspirations of climbing the ranks of Brazilian soccer. The cornerstone of the club is its youth developmental academy as the youth teams continue to reach successful results in state, national, and international competitions. Red Bull Brasil’s U-20 team recently won the 2016 Volksbank Cup in Germany and the Otten Cup in the Netherlands. Red Bull Brasil will join fellow Brazilian clubs Fluminense FC and Coritiba FC, aspiring to become the third Brazilian Gordon Jago Super Group champion in the past six years.