Friday, February 26, 2010

Bienvenido Rayados, Tigres y Chivas a Copa Dallas XXXI 2010

Se acerca el comienzo de la Copa Dallas, y el Supergrupo ya esta completo. Ademas de la seleccion de Estados Unidos y Mexico que daran inicio al torneo, estan el combinado japones sub-18, y los cuadros Chelsea y Tottenham Hotspurs de Inglaterra; Eintracht Frankfurt y TSG 1899 Hoffenheim de Alemania; Cruzeiro de Brasil; Tigres UANL, CD Guadalajara y CF Monterrery de México; FC Dallas Academy sub-18, CZ Elite y Dallas Texans Academy sub-18 de Estados Unidos, L.D. Alajuelense de Costa Rica y Whitecap Residency de Canadá. Por Dallas

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dallas Cup Super Group Preview Cherif Zein Elite

Dallas Cup Super Group Preview

Cherif Zein Elite

By Daniel Robertson

US Youth Soccer National Champions CZ Elite from Pasadena, California join the Dallas Cup Super Group for the first time in 2010 as one of three American club teams to compete. CZ Elite, coached by Magic Berenji, is arguably the best youth team outside of the US Soccer Development Academy having won the 2009 U17 US Youth Soccer National Championship defeating Triangle United of North Carolina. CZ Elite(Formerly FC Barcelona USA) will be a side that is tough to break down having been together for nearly a decade as these teammates began at the U9 level.

CZ Elite will bring one of the most intriguing youth prospects in the country to Dallas Cup in attacking midfielder/forward Eder Arreola. At just 18 years old, Arreola has already played for the US Youth National Team at every level including U20 and has incredibly just finished up his sophomore season at UCLA. Arreola's skins on the wall include scoring the game winning goal in CZ Elite's championship game against Triangle United as well as leading the tournament in goals with five. Having enrolled at UCLA at the age of 16, Arreola has a goal and seven assists for the Bruins in two seasons.

Elite is led at the back by Marco Franco and will have their work cut out for them, facing a very international group at Dallas Cup with their opponents being Chivas Guadalajara from Mexico, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim from Germany and Cruzeiro EC of Brazil. Elite, the lone American club outside of Texas in the Super Group will have a tough road, but with a team who has been together for a long time as well as the attacking talent of Eder Arreola, anything is possible.

Stay tuned to the Dallas Cup blog for more team previews and other Dallas Cup news as we count down to the thirty-first Dallas Cup coming to the Metroplex March 28-April 4.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dallas Cup Super Group preview Liga Deportivo Alajuelense

Dallas Cup Super Group preview

Liga Deportivo Alajuelense

By Daniel Robertson

Costa Rican giants Liga Deportivo Alajuelense better known as LDA join the Dallas Cup Super Group in 2010 as they become the first Costa Rican team to participate in the Super Group since Saprissa in 2007. Alajuelense trails just Saprissa all-time in Costa Rican Primera Division championships with 28 including their most recent league championship in 2004 as well as boasting a CONCACAF Champions Cup also won in 2004.

The Costa Ricans come to Dallas as a bit of an unknown commodity having not competed in the Dallas Cup Super Group in over a decade. LDA has a strong contingent of Tico youth national team players featuring as many as six players from the U17 national team who made it to the under-17 World Cup Finals in Nigeria during October of 2009.

Regardless of who starts, Alajuelense looks to be strong in goal as both the starting goalkeeper for Costa Rica, Mauricio Vargas, as well as the backup, Ricardo Rojas, are Alajuelense U19 players. LDA youth also should be solid at the backline as Joseph Mora and Adrian Mora, both Alajuelense products, started every game for the Ticos at defense in Nigeria.

LDA faces a difficult group at Dallas Cup XXXI as they will open with CF Monterrey from Mexico before facing Chelsea FC and FC Dallas Juniors with the exact schedule coming out in the coming weeks. While Alajuelense looks to be a bit of an underdog at Dallas Cup XXXI, the Costa Ricans can't be counted out as they boast multiple national team players and the undoubted talent that Costa Rican teams bring to Dallas Cup.

Stay tuned to the Dallas Cup blog for more team previews and other Dallas Cup news as we count down to the thirty-first Dallas Cup coming to the Metroplex March 28-April 4.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

England vs USA Club Teams and USA vs Mexico National Teams

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Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago continues Super Group (under 19) announcements with the four team Super Group Brackets and Feature Stadium games on Opening Sunday and Wednesday evening at Pizza Hut Park Stadium. “We feel that the games scheduled for these two days will create a huge amount of excitement in the local soccer community” states Mr. Jago. “Our expectation is that the stadium will be alive with the fans supporting their favorite teams and hitting capacity (21,000) is not out of the question”...more

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dallas Cup welcomes back Whitecaps Residency

Whitecaps return to Dallas Cup

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the Whitecaps Residency program are returning to the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup U-19 Super Group for a third consecutive year...more

Dallas Cup welcomes back the USSF Youth National Team after a six year absence

Dallas Cup welcomes back the USSF Youth National Team after a six year absence. Do you remember seeing these now National Team Starting XI and MLS All-Stars in 2004?

U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (7): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orosco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, N.J.), Nico Colalluca (Coventry, R.I.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.); FORWARDS (4): Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas).

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Perk (R.S. Margarita, Calif.), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.); DEFENDERS (4): Douglas Ferner (Bloomfield, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Steven Morales (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Darryl Tom (Los Altos, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Guiseppe Carotenuto (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Victor Cortez (El Sobrante, Calif.), Peri Mesosevic (Guilford, Ill.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.); FORWARDS (6): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Brett King (Wilmington, N.C.), Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), John Tardy (Staton Island, N.Y.), Justin True (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The 2010 Dallas Cup Super Group is Complete!

Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago is pleased to announce that the Super Group is complete at 16 teams. Tournament dates are March 28-April 4, 2010. “Randy and I have had such a high level of interest from the top clubs and federations from around the world over the summer months that we were able to expand this special age group from 12 to 16 and still maintain the extremely high level of football that is a signature of the Super Group” states Jago...more

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dallas Cup Photo Album

Dallas Cup Fan Page has added photos!