Thursday, April 30, 2009

For the love of the game

By Richard Morris - Thursday, 30 April, 2009

Referee Richard Morris writes of his recent experience at the Dallas Cup.

Due to changes in my job, I had only recently moved to Bristol in the spring of 2008 and began refereeing in the county. It came as a great surprise to me when I found out by letter that I was considered as a potential representative for the county in an international football tournament to be held in March 2009. Furthermore, the Gloucestershire FA were to make a sizeable financial contribution towards the cost of the tournament which would make it accessible to the right candidate.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

U16 Arsenal FC beats the odds in Dallas (Subscription needed)

Written by Stephanie Shin, ESNN
April 28, 2009

Showmanship, team solidarity, steely resolve and strength. The Arsenal FC Boy's U16 team certainly embodied all those things at the 30th Dallas Cup.

If you followed the Dallas Cup coverage, you know coach PJ Brown's team lost out to U16 Real So Cal White in the finals after an exciting match that was resolved by a bout of penalty kicks. What you don't know is the fantastic effort the team had to churn out to get to the Dallas Cup final that made theirs the greater victory on the field that day...more

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Coach: Rangers youths will benefit from US tour

Front row, from left: Sean Carty, Kunle Cox, Dominic Hosang, Kelshall Alexander, Jonathan Cruickshank, Osei Griffith. Chad Rocke, Xavier Rajpaul, Triston Hodge, Joshua Pereira, Nicholas De Silva Back row, from left: Ricardo Aleong, Everett Williams, Albert Mejias, Matthew Lawrence, Odou Hazel, Arvin Prescod, Kiel Pierre, Jason Mendez, Jason Hodge (asst coach), Jemel Berot, Lemuel Scott (hidden), Etienne Bellemare, Darryl Rajpaul (head coach).

Published: April 20, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lewisham College Dallas Cup 09

Coach's review - Dan Thomas

How do we evaluate the 10 days at the Dallas Cup 2009? Well, lots of different emotions ranging from disappointment to pride. Overall, I think that the trip has been a fantastic learning experience for the whole squad and the coaching staff. We were disappointed not to advance in the tournament after a nervous start in extremely windy conditions against Solar SC. Solar went all the way to the final and I firmly believe that had we played them on a normal day with normal conditions we would have won comfortably. They played the wind much better than we did as they are so used to playing in it as the home team....more

Texans make Dallas Cup history (Subscription needed)

by Paul Kennedy, Friday, Apr 17, 2009 9:15 PM ET

THE DALLAS TEXANS RED MADE history when they became the first club to win three titles in the same year at the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup, capturing the U-19, U-14 and U-13 titles at this year's 30th edition of the tournament. The surprise was the Santa Clara (Calif.) Sporting's run to the championship in the U-15 division....more

U-17s begin quest for Nigeria

Wednesday, 22 April 2009 09:23
Shaun Fuentes (TTFF)

Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 17 footballers will begin their quest for a place at the next FIFA Under 17 World Championship with a first match clash with hosts Mexico at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana on Wednesday from 4pm (7pm TT Time). The local boys arrived in Tijuana on Sunday and had two sessions, the second one being at the match venue on Tuesday morning which lasted for 45 minutes....more

Teen soccer player finds success after hurricane

Friday, April 24, 2009
Ryan Rector stands on the sideline of the Trinity School of Texas' soccer field, catching his breath after a dribbling drill with Joe Caruso. As Caruso bounces the ball in the air, then smashes a curling shot into the goal, Rector — a former LeTourneau University soccer player — smiles.

"If we would have played against each other when I was 14, he would have smashed my face into the grass," Rector said. "He can almost do that now."...more

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Host Mexico wallops Trinidad 7-0 to open bid for title at Under-17 Championship

- By Ivan Orozco

TIJUANA, Mexico – Mexico scored three times in the first 28 minutes and easily defeated Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 on Wednesday in the opener for both teams at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Guatemala and Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw in the early game, leaving Mexico atop Group B in its bid to earn a semifinal berth and a return to the U-17 World Cup....more

4 players from the U17 Dallas Cup XXX champs, CF Monterrey.

Canada announces U-17 roster for CONCACAF tournament

Russell Teibert

La Coupe du Monde U-17 de la FIFA
14 April 2009

Canada’s men’s U-17 team has announced its final roster for the upcoming 2009 CONCACAF Men’s U-17 Championship. The team will head to Tijuana, Mexico this Sunday to take part in the confederation qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009. The eight-team tournament runs 21 April to 2 May....more

From Dallas to Tijuana - 9 players from Toronto FC and Whitecaps

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

BC Referees at Dallas Cup

jasonlai posted on April 01, 2009 13:23

Six BC referees were selected to attend the 2009 Dallas Cup. The eight day event was an international youth tournament and attracts over 150,000 spectators. ...more

West Coast Just Short of Dallas Title

West Coast FC’s BU-13s fell to the Dallas Texans Red, 1-0, in the championship game of the Dallas Cup Saturday in Pizza Hut Park, a 50,000-seat stadium that’s home to MLS’ FC Dallas. It marked West Coast’s only loss in the tournament, considered one of the most prestigious youth soccer events in the country....more

Sporting Santa Clara 93 - Webcast 4-22

O goleiro do São Paulo foi formado nas categorias de base do alvi-verde

22/04/2009 - 18h27 (Redação AgoraVale)
Imagem(s): João Paulo Ouverney

O pindamonhangabense Éverson Marques, goleiro da equipe sub 19 do São Paulo Futebol Clube, da capital, sagrou-se recentemente campeão do torneio internacional Dallas Cup, realizado na primeira quinzena de abril em Dallas, nos Estados Unidos....more

Discipline and hard work pay off for U16 Real So Cal (Subscription needed)

Written by ESNN (Elite Soccer News Network)
April 21, 2009

Real So Cal White is a working class team alright.

Norman Mejia's U16 Boys squad majors in discipline and work ethic, and that has earned them such accomplishments as a Region IV Championship last season, a Far West Regional League title in the fall, and most recently a big win at the 30th Dallas Cup, where they beat Southern California rivals Arsenal FC on penalty kicks in the final.

Mejia says it all starts with players behaving well.

"The number one thing would have to be discipline, on and off the field," Mejia said. "Look at our GPA. It's very high as a team. That shows the discipline we're trying to establish. We trust them to take care of things off the field so I can trust them on the field."...more

Ntx Insider 11 Dallas Cup

Pro Shottas meet their goal at the Dallas Cup

By Alan Harris

The Pro Shottas Soccer School returned home from Texas last week, after what can only be described as a ‘successful’ trip to the Dallas Cup, one of the most highly regarded youth football tournament this side of the globe. Travelling with two teams, an Under-15 and Under-19 squad, the Shottas met their intended goal of being invited back to contest the prestigious tournament next year.

The Dallas Cup is an invitation-only tournament and teams are selected for invitation based on their competitive performance, as was pointed out by head coach, Gregory Castagne, before the Shottas’ departure. “Our first goal was to play well enough to be invited back to the tournament. The whole idea was to get back there (to Dallas) next year,” he stated...more

Tough test for City youth

April 22, 2009
chris bailey

CITY'S hold on the FA Youth Cup gets its biggest test yet tonight when they travel to Arsenal 2-1 down in their semi-final.

But Academy chief Jim Cassell is determined that the current crop of boy Blues will not surrender the trophy won last year without a mighty struggle.

And he believes that he saw enough in the first meeting between the sides at Eastlands, where the Blues took the lead and dominated for a stretch of the contest, to make the tie more even than many are predicting. Away goals do not count double in the Youth Cup so the Blues can concentrate on simply winning the game which at the worst would send them into extra time...more

Friday, April 17, 2009

Two area 14-year-olds take the ultimate soccer road trip

Pair plays in Dallas Cup XXX tournament

Published: Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 17, 2009 at 2:16 a.m.

The trip of their young lives was a winning situation on and off the field for Spartanburg 14-year-olds Tanner Eggers and Brett Freed.

Being part of the CESA Premier soccer team based out of Greenville, it was quite a feat just to be selected to play in the prestigious Dallas Cup XXX tournament.

But the talented squad did much more than just show up and enjoy taking part, the team went 3-2 in reaching the U14 semifinals. The age group featured 28 teams from 10 states in addition to England, Mexico, Costa Rica and South Africa....more

U18 Texans play "up" and win championship (Subscription needed)

Written by ESNN (Elite Soccer News Network)
April 16 2009

It wasn't just another trophy for the Dallas Texans U18 Academy team last week.

Winning the U19 age group of the 30th Dallas Cup, Hassan Nazari's squad was able to lift a coveted tournament title in its own back yard, which until then it hadn't tasted.

"Obviously that is a very special team. I've had that team since they were U11," Nazari said of the group. "They have developed tremendously. The only thing missing from the trophy cabinet was winning the Dallas Cup. That team has been a (U.S. Youth Soccer) national champion (U17 last year), Regional champion, won State Cups, Premier League, Disney, almost everything. Personally I'm happy and pleased and proud at what they have accomplished."...more

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Missed a Story.

Look in the right hand column under Blog Archive for this month's stories.

.........Relive Dallas Cup XXX

Monday, April 13, 2009

Complete Sights and Sounds of Dallas Cup XXX

Will be adding more to the playlist as new videos pop up.

Dallas Cup XXIX


Sao Paul claims 3rd Dallas Cup Super title

By Phil Stephens

FRISCO, TX---After nearly slipping out of the race Friday in a close call against Manchester City in a Super Group semifinal, Sao Paulo’s players were ready to explode. And they did, bursting past the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 Sunday to claim the Dallas Cup XXX Super Group championship at Pizza Hut Park Stadium....more

Sao Paolo FC rolls to Dallas Cup XXX title

Published 4/13/2009 6:28:50 AM
by Shane Barrow from soccermogul

Well anyone who saw the Friday evening Super Group semifinal matches at Dallas Cup XXX could have predicted the winner in Sunday's final. It was clear both Sao Paolo FC and Manchester City were superior to Vancouver and that was played out in Sunday's Dallas Cup XXX Super Group final as Sao Paolo FC rolled to a 4-0 victory to claim the title....more

SPFC é TRI Campeão do Dallas Cup!

13/04/2009 09:45

O Tricolorzinho Máquina Mortífera acaba de se sagrar TRI campeão do Dallas Cup, o torneio que representa o “mundial” de sua categoria.

A final do campeonato ocorreu no estado do Texas - EUA, às 18hs (horário de Dallas) da noite deste domingo.

O Blog acompanhou a partida pelo Twitter do evento:

E foi uma saraivada! Os atletas sub19 do Maior do Mundo aplicaram uma impiedosa goleada em cima do Vancouver Whitecaps: 4×0, com direito até a gol do goleiro Everson. O samba rolou bonito nos gramados americanos!..more

Brazlians take Dallas Cup's top title again

12:35 AM CDT on Monday, April 13, 2009
By KATE HAIROPOULOS / The Dallas Morning News

FRISCO – These Brazilians do know how to party.

Sao Paulo FC lingered on the field, playing to some doting fans in the stands at Pizza Hut Park on Sunday long after it had wrapped up the Dallas Cup XXX Super Group championship.

This was after the players did the wave while awaiting the medal ceremony, chanted in celebration and skipped while waving the Brazilian flag...more

Dallas Cup crowns champions in four age groups (subscription needed)

Written by ESNN (Elite Soccer News Network)
April 12, 2009

FRISCO, TEXAS – The final four age groups of the 30th Dallas Cup had their champions crowned here at Pizza Hut Park Sunday, ending the weeklong competition and sending the last of approximately 4,000 competitors home from North Texas.

California picked up its 2nd title of the tournament, adding Real So Cal White's win in the U16 age group to Saturday's win by Santa Clara Sporting in the U15 age group. California and Texas certainly did nothing to dent their status as the premier hotbeds of elite youth soccer in the United States with their performances here at the Dallas Cup. It was an all-Texas and all-Academy final in the U19 division, with Dallas Texans defeating Solar SC 4-0. Sao Paulo FC won the SuperGroup again, the Brazilians defeating Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 in the nightcap...more


April 12, 2009
Three goals in five minutes chills Solar
By Phil Stephens

FRISCO, TX---It was going to be a winner for North Texas, no matter what.The Dallas Cup XXX U19 championship Sunday boiled down to a backyard brawl between very familiar foes in Solar SC U18 Academy team and the Dallas Texans U18 Academy team...more

Sights and Sounds Sunday April 12th

Sunday, April 12, 2009

SPFC é TRI Campeão do Dallas Cup!

dom, 12/04/09
por daniel perrone

O Tricolorzinho Máquina Mortífera acaba de se sagrar TRI campeão do Dallas Cup, o torneio que representa o “mundial” de sua categoria....more


April 12, 2009
Two Dallas teams vie for U19 championship
By Phil Stephens

FRISCO, TX—Easter Sunday is also Championship Sunday for Dallas Cup and the lineup starts at 10 a.m. with the U16 title up for grabs at Pizza Hut Park between Real So Cal and Arsenal FC. The climax comes at 6 p.m. when the Super Group Championship kicks off between the Vancouver Whitecaps (Canada) and Sao Paulo (Brazil)....more


Lonestars hold own against savvy Mexicans
By Phil Stephens

FRISCO,TX--For the Lonestars from South Texas, reaching the finals of the Dallas Cup XXX was a new experience, a step up in their resume of big games. For U17 CF Monterrey,this was expected, was why they came to the Dallas Cup. It was old hat, but it was a hat they wore with pride after taking a harder-than-expected 1-0 win over the team from South Texas in Pizza Hut Park Stadium....more


Edges Arsenal FC 4-2 after PKs
By Phil Stephens

FRISCO, TX---When the smoke cleared after the Dallas Cup XXX U16 semifinals, on Saturday, it became an all Southern California show between Arsenal FC USA and Real SoCal White for the Sunday final. The Blue-clad So Cal team carried the day, 3 to 2, but not before the match stretched to two overtime periods and penalty series to finally crown the winner...more

Leading Off - April 12th Dallas Cup

We come to the end
  • Marcio Leite's U13 and U14 Dallas Texans made their marks yesterday. leveraging their home field advantage, they both pulled out victories in games uncharacteristically to their run of play. It wasn't pretty but it got the job done.
  • Sporting Santa Clara is one of few storied club programs in the United States that is not in the USSF Development Academy. Both teams they brought to the Dallas Cup played an impressive brand of soccer. SSC93 dominated their final and came away with well deserve championship in the U15 division.
  • U16 California Final. Arsenal FC vs Real SoCal, both has had a solid run through the tournament. look for the two Arsenal FC forwards to make an impact.
  • U17 championship has the lone Mexican team, Club Futbol Monterrey, making it to a final. They beat one of my favorites, Chicago Magic ASM, in semi's 2-1. They will go up against one of the revelations of this tournament, the boys from Austin Lonestar Red.
  • U19 Solar SC U18 and DTR U18. Just an old fashion backyard brawl among friends who you've play against all your life.
  • Whitecaps and SPFC for the Super Group. Dever Orgill will have to figtht through a very stiff Sao Paulo defense. Physically and skill wise, Whitecaps can compete but Sao Paulo possess the tactical smarts that has given them the edge throughout this tournament.
Finally, I want to thank Randy Jones for giving me this opportunity to man this blog for the Dallas Cup. Dallas Cup is many stories but the one that I am proud of the most is being among of the army of volunteers that makes this tournament happen. Please send your thoughts, suggestion and comments to anyone on the staff and board. I thank you for suffering through the grammatical errors and low resolution videos. See you next year!


Beats L.A. FC Chelsea 2-0

FRISCO, TX—Los Angeles FC Chelsea and Santa Clara Sporting, both U15 teams from California, could have settled their differences for a lot less than it cost them Saturday afternoon....more


Coach Leite's second trophy of day
By Phil Stephens

FRISCO, TX--Head coach Marcio Leite and the Dallas Texans Soccer Club earned a rare double Saturday—not in goals, but in victories, as he coached both the U13 Dallas Texans Red to a Dallas Cup XXX championship (1-0 over West Coast Futbol Club) and the U14 Dallas Texans Red to a second championship (2-1 over the Irvine Strikers)....more

Dallas Texans win two finals (Subscription needed)

Written by ESNN (Elite Soccer News Network)
April 11, 2009

FRISCO, TEXAS - Three age group champions were crowned Saturday here at the penultimate day of the 30th Dallas Cup played in Pizza Hut Park.

Teams from Texas and California took championships home Saturday. Dallas Texans won the U13 title with a 1-0 victory over West Coast FC. Texans also took the U14 title on penalty kicks over Irvine Strikers after a 1-1 draw, giving a Marcio Leite a pair of championships this week. The U15 final went to Santa Clara Sporting, a 2-0 winner over LAFC Chelsea.

The U16 and older age groups will play their respective finals Sunday. ...more

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Dallas Cup team enjoying the comforts of home

10:51 PM CDT on Saturday, April 11, 2009

By KATE HAIROPOULOS / The Dallas Morning News

FRISCO – These footballers live in England, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and even Spain. But they form one team, which competed in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXX over the past week. And they're all Americans.

Olympic Development Program-Europe, also known as U.S. Youth Soccer-Europe, is made up mostly of players who have a parent serving in the military and whose families are stationed abroad. Some, such as Alassane Doukoure, have a parent who is serving – or has served – in Iraq....more