It is time for the latest edition of the most prestigous youth soccer tournament in the US to kick off as Dallas Cup XXXVII is here! Super Group play opens on Sunday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with three games taking place at the stadium. The Super Group this year is comprised of twelve teams representing six different countries. The US, Mexico, England, Brazil, Germany and Japan will have teams in the Super Group. The recently added Super 17 bracket will feature squads from the US, Mexico, Canada and Japan. The big draw of Dallas Cup is the Super Group though and what a battle it should be this year to see who can navigate five matches and come away with the championship. Here are the three brackets:
CF Monterrey - Mexico
Fulham FC - England
TSG Hoffenheim - Germany
US Under 20 National Team
Everton FC - England
Kyoto Sanga - Japan
Real Salt Lake - USA
Tigres - Mexico
FC Dallas - USA
Fluminense - Brazil
Middlesbrough - England
Queretaro - Mexico
It should be a wonderful tournament with Fulham, Everton and Middlesbrough travelling in from England. Middlesbrough are led by Mitchell Curry who currently leads the U18 Premier League in scoring with 18 goals. Everton have the highest standing in the latest tables of the three clubs while Fulham won the Dallas Cup title in 2013.
Mexico is well represented with three powerful squads in Tigres, CF Monterrey and Queretaro. Do not be surprised to see a Mexico side or two in the semifinals as they always bring good sides to Dallas Cup. Tigres last won the Super Group title in 2011. Brazilian side Fluminense will most certainly bring a team capable of winning the title. Teams from Brazil have won five of the last ten Dallas Cup Super Group championships (Sao Paulo, Cruzeiro & Cortiba).
One of the most pretigious and honored clubs in Japan is on hand as Kyoto Sanga sends their youths over. They continue the tradition of Japanese squads at the Dallas Cup. Look for a very disciplined and technical game from this group of young men.
Tab Ramos brings his Under 20 US National Team to town as they being the preparation for the next U20 World Cup cycle. They'll be loaded with young American talent including striker Brooks Lennon who plies his trade with Liverpool and young defender Matthew Olosunde who recently signed with Manchester United.
All twelve Super Group teams are in action Sunday with three showcased matches at the Cotton Bowl. Fulham kicks off the tournament with a morning match against TSG Hoffenheim from Germany at Richland College. The three Cotton Bowl games begin play at 12:30CT with FC Dallas facing Fluminense. Following at 3:00 Tigres will play Everton. After opening ceremonies the nightcap features the US Under 20s against CF Monterrey in what should be a contentious affair!
The three bracket winners adance to semifinal play along with the highest runner-up. Semifinals are Friday at the home of FC Dallas, Toyota Stadium, with the title match Sunday evening.