Dallas Cup. Dallas Cup. Dallas cup. Heck yeah!
Easter is upon us and that means it is time for that soccer delicacy known as Dallas Cup This year the Super Group is especially tasty. There is no monster Euro side like Barcelona, AC Milan or Manchester United, but there are big boys present from the Americas along with real quality from Europe.
Talented teams from the south are on hand as 2012 champions Cortiba return from Brazil along with Fluminense. Powerful CD Guadalajara and Tigres are are here from Mexico with a strong River Plate side from Argentina.
Don’t count out the teams from Europe though. 2011 co-champions Eintracht Frankfurt return from Germany along with 2013 champs Fulham who will have several players on the roster from last year’s title winners. Watch out for Anderlecht from Belgium We all have seen the kind of talent coming from that country the last few years.
It makes Dallas Cup XXXV wide open! Any number of teams can win this thing. Let's take a look at each of the three brackets.
Fulham FC, England
IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden
FC Dallas, USA
This grouping contains the last two Dallas Cup Super Group champions Fulham and Cortiba. The two met in last year on opening day with Fulham winning 3-1. This year the two will meet in the final group game in a match that most likely will decide the group winner. Fulham will have George Williams, Cameron Burgess, Solomon Sambou and Emerson Hyndman on the roster who all played major roles in last year’s title run.
It cannot be seen as a kind draw for local side FC Dallas. Loaded with talent, the side will be more than capable of pulling off an upset and any points they can pry off of Fulham or Cortiba could end up deciding the group. Look for a third place finish for FCD.
All I can say to Brommapojkarna is hopefully the Swedish side is ready for the amazing quality they are about to face. Last year this team won the regular U19 championship, but the Super Group will be a huge jump in quality.
CD Guadalajara, Mexico
RSC Anderlecht, Belgium
LA Galaxy, USA
Another group with two clear favorites. You have to put Chivas and Fluminense as the top two, but we saw last year that the LA Galaxy will send a very talented team. Probably not enough guns to win the group, but definitely capable of grabbing points. Check out their talented forward Adonis Amaya who is averaging a goal a match in Academy play. They were one of my favorite squads to watch in last year’s Dallas Cup.
Anderlecht is a total wild card. I have no idea what kind of squad they will field. There has been loads of talent coming from Belgium in recent years though so do not be blown away if they are a pleasant surprise this year.
Chivas rolls into town featuring four players that are also members of the Mexico U20 National Team. Despite Anderlecht and the Galaxy the group should come down to Chivas and Fluminense who’ll face off on Wednesday. Get ready for some fireworks as it seems every time a Mexico side faces off against a Brazilian team at Dallas Cup the cards are flying and goals are scored!
US Under 20 National Team
River Plate, Argentina
Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany
The Group of Death? Definitely the most loaded of the three brackets. Any of the four can take this bracket in a grouping that will probably see all four sides alive going into the final match day on Wednesday.
The highlight has to be the US U20s. Starting their preparations for another U20 World Cup cycle they should be a joy to watch. Loaded with young MLS talent (8 pro players) and a few college stars led by Kellyn Acosta of FC Dallas. Do not miss them as they have the primetime Sunday slot 6:30 against River Plate at the Cotton Bowl.
Tigres return this year after a seriously disappointing 2013 trip. It was the weakest Tigres side I had seen in years and years last Dallas Cup. Hopefully they will field a stronger squad this time. Tigres open on Sunday against 2011 co-champions Eintracht Frankfurt. You never know about the Germans at Dallas Cup. I have seen them bring very average squads and I have seen them bring very talented squads. I’ll let you know on Sunday about this year’s edition.
Any way you look at it, Dallas Cup XXXV is wide open. In my opinion there are eight teams in play to win the title. Whoever deals with the typically strong winds this time of the year in Dallas could have a big advantage. Follow us here at Soccermogul as well as at Soccerdfw for your Dallas Cup XXXV coverage!