The Dallas Cup runneth over to Richland

The Dallas Cup is a great opportunity to see some of the worlds’s best youth soccer talent play locally. The annual spring soccer tourna- ment attracts youth clubs from all over the world that converge in Dallas.

The event took place April 9-16 at Richland and other locations throughout the city.

There were more than 200 participants.

The staple feature of the Dallas Cup is the U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group. The Under-19 had 12 teams competing. Bracket A included teams from Brazil, Mexico, England, and the USA. In Bracket B were USA, Mexico,

England, Israel. In Bracket C, Mexico, Brasil, Canada and Germany.

Brendan Hall, 16, a football club (FC Dallas) Under-19 player said, “You get to play teams from other nations and it provides better competition. It is also an opportunity to get better and noticed by university scouts.”

The group matches took place in differ- ent locations. In the initial match, FC Dallas thrashed Everton 5-0 at the Cotton Bowl. The next match was Coritiba vs. Real Salt Lake, at Richland, which ended in a draw.

Matches were played across all 10 of Rich- land’s soccer fields. Parking lots were full, nacho stands had long lines and excitement was in the air with the sound of parents and spectators cheering on their teams.