Thursday, February 24, 2011

USA vs. The World Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXII April 17-24, 2011

The theme for this year’s Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Youth International soccer tournament is “Bringing the World to Dallas” and it is certainly very true as the final selection of the 180 boys soccer teams ages from U13 to U19 is completed.

Teams from countries worldwide have applied to travel to Dallas to compete for the coveted “Boot & Ball Trophy” awarded to each of the winners of the seven age groups. The Dallas Cup organization is proud of its reputation of being one of the most prestigious International Youth Soccer Tournament in the world. Built up over the past thirty one years and with over 400 team applications this year its popularity in youth soccer around the world “is second to none”.

Tournament Manager, Randy Jones, has stated that team selection this year has been one of the most difficult in his 16 years with the Dallas Cup. To disappoint so many fine teams has not been a pleasant task, he stated.

“Our mission is to give as many young American youth soccer players, as possible the opportunity to test their soccer skills against the very best from around the world” stated Executive Director, Gordon Jago, “and Randy has certainly achieved this objective for this year’s tournament, with 19 different countries represented in the 7 different age groups.

Local Dallas Clubs competing in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXII:

Andromeda SC 6 Teams

Dallas Texans 7 Teams

Dallas Tigres 1 Team

Dallas Tornados 1 Team

FC Dallas 2 Teams

FC Dallas Premier 3 Teams

Solar SC 8 Teams

TFC 1 Team

Total: 30 Teams


“The English Premier League Academy U18 Champions in 2009 & 2010 Arsenal F.C. will create history in becoming the first ever Arsenal F.C team to play in the USA. We were delighted to receive the acceptance from Arsenal F.C. to our invitation to play in the Super Group this year and were even more pleased and surprised to receive the information that the club had never had an Arsenal team at any level play in the USA during its 125 year history” stated Executive Director Gordon Jago.

To be the very first USA competition to have an Arsenal F.C. team is a great credit to the reputation that the Dallas Cup has throughout the World of Soccer. A reputation that has been built up over the past 31 years by thousands of Dallas Cup volunteers who make the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup possible each year.

To bring 180 teams ages U13 to U19 to Dallas from around the world and the USA world is an achievement that brings pride to all involved with the tournament. With 1200 volunteers and its unique “HomeStay Program” for overseas teams the Dallas Cup is one of the most prestigious International Youth soccer tournaments in the world. To be selected as one of the 180 teams to compete in the tournament is a desire of so many youth soccer team evident by over 400 applications received this year by Tournament Manager, Randy Jones.

“The caliber of teams to play this year especially the Super Group is of the highest level for many years” stated Randy Jones and from the reports that we have received from England of the attacking style and standard of play produced by the Arsenal F.C U18 team in their Premier League Academy Championships we are looking forward to a “Fiesta of good Football”. This year’s Super Group will provide the soccer fans of Dallas with highly skilled teams, a contrast of styles and a fiercely fought competition. The very best youth soccer on show in the USA, NOT TO BE MISSED.

The sixteen Super Group teams competing in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXII are listed below.


Arsenal F.C England

Japan U18 National Team

FC Barcelona Spain

Chorrillo F.C. Panama

S.C. Corinthians Brazil

Club Bolivar Bolivia

Coritiba Brazil

Vancouver Whitecaps Canada

Tigres Mexico

F.C. Dallas USA

Eintracht Frankfurt Germany

Dallas Texans USA

Club Sport Cartagines Costa Rica

Real Salt Lake- AZ USA

L.D. Alajuelense Costa Rica

Houston Dynamo USA

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Q&A with Jamie Sanderson of Young Guns Blog

If you do not who Jamie Sanderson is, you might not be a true Gooner. Jamie Sanderson is the one man tour de force behind Young Guns Blog. What makes Arsenal FC special in the EPL is the club's unwavering focus on youth development and acquisition. Every youth player in Arsenal knows they have a real opportunity to play on the Senior team sooner rather than later. Arsenal has no qualms in blooding their youth on the biggest stage. Young Guns Blog is the definitive place for news about Arsenal youth players. The Dallas Cup is honored to host the first ever visit in the United States a team from the famed club, Arsenal FC from Engalnd. Jamie has graciously agreed to an Dallas Cup interview and if you are a fan of the Dallas Cup or Arsenal, follow @younggunsblog on twitter and Young Guns Blog .

Dallas Cup: Jamie from website's Bio, you just pass the 3rd anniversary of young guns blog. What did you do before the blog and is the progress of the website what you envisioned 3 years ago?

Jamie: "I started Young Guns when I was 16, so I was just at school when I began writing. I had a similar version of the website before but I had to close it due to legal issues with Arsenal. But in terms of writing about Arsenal, I've done that since I was 13-14, but only about the Reserves and Youths since I was 15." "The progress has been exceptional. I started the website as a diary of the what the youngsters at Arsenal were doing, but the thirst for knowledge Arsenal fans have, has seen it develop significantly and far and beyond any expectations or targets I had. It really has been amazing."

Dallas Cup: What kind of feedback do you receive from Arsenal? Do they, for a lack of a better term, appreciate your work?

Jamie: "Arsenal are a very private and secret club. They invited some of the Arsenal bloggers to the Emirates in the summer for the Emirates Cup, where we got to enjoy a private box to watch the second day, where Lyon played AC Milan and Arsenal played Celtic and won the trophy. It was great that they bridged the gap between keen fans and the club." "I did an interview with Arsenal TV Online, the clubs paid subscription channel, and the producers told me they knew of my work and found it an excellent resource, because Arsenal's website budget for covering youngsters is very small, so its not very in depth. The producer told me he loved Young Guns and that almost everybody at the training ground reads it."

Dallas Cup: Can you share some tidbits of what your daily site visits are and what parts of the world besides England has the highest site visits?

Jamie: "I don't have any set hit numbers, but the development has been excellent. I started out with 100 unique hits a day and now I'm getting around 20,000 to 30,000 a day. Obviously less when I don't write a new article, but its always around that figure. The comments numbers are great too, always well into double figures, which is very important, as people getting involved and sharing their opinion is one of the key parts of writing." "The majority of my hits are from England, as expected, but in a very close second place is America. We recently launched an iPhone and iPod application and up until very recently, Americans were the number one down-loaders of it, with almost 1000 of the 3000 downloads we had in the first week. Africa and Asia are also very big markets."

Dallas Cup: We know here in Dallas Cup what a special event it is to have the 1st ever visit by Arsenal across the pond. What do you think has changed in Arsenal's philosophy about more distant international friendlies and why they were against it compared to the other European clubs?

Jamie: "The most significant change in recent years has been the new Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, who used to work for the MLS. Arsenal's top men used to be quite old fashioned in their approach, which is why Arsene Wenger got a lot of control of the club, because he knew about things others didn't. Gazidis has modernised a lot of the things Arsenal do, and firmly recognises America is a key market for the future." "I was surprised they accepted the tour, because while the Dallas Cup is a prestigious competition in youth football, Arsenal are a very private club, and don't like opening up the youngsters to the wider media and fans. We're also a club that like to do things we want to do, not hand over control and go to a tournament somewhere. Its a big change to what we're used to but its very positive and a great chance to show how good we are compared to other teams."

Dallas Cup: Arsenal has a reputation of building the club through youth which is why your blog is the quintessential tool for any Arsenal fan. What do you see in the future for young guns blog?

Jamie: "I didn't begin writing with any set goals, or an end game. I've never been somebody who wanted to write or be a journalist, but it has worked out well. Not having a target can often be a bad thing, but for me, it means that anything that happens in a bonus. I just want to keep helping fans learn more about the club and that's the main thing for me."
"The future is exciting for Young Guns, I'm working on new ways to bring the information to people, via applications and email feeds, but I don't think I'll be writing the website forever, I'm always open to a new project or idea."

Dallas Cup: You've recently published a list of top 10 Arsenal prospect to date. Do you have some sleepers that just missed the top 10 list?

Jamie: "The top 10 article was a feature on the most interesting prospects, those with great stories who you'll be hearing lots about. The only problem with a top 10 is that you can't include everybody you want to, and I had lots of emails from people complaining I missed this and that player out. Arsenal have lots of top talents who didn't make the cut, but those 10 are the ones I believe we will be hearing lots more about in 2011."


Jamie Sanderson | Editor
Young Guns - Arsenal Youth Development News & Views

Skype: JSanderson10
Twitter: @YoungGunsBlog
Facebook: YoungGunsBlog

Friday, February 11, 2011

Anunciación del Súper Groupo de la Copa Dallas Dr. Pepper XXXII

El Director ejecutivo Gordon Jago y Director del Torneo Randy Jones son felices de revelar a los equipos que competirán en el Súper Grupo Sub 19 de la Copa Dallas Dr Pepper XXXII. De acuerdo con el nivel alto de interés de clubes y federaciones principales alrededor del mundo, el Súper Grupo será una vez más de 16 equipos (4 divisiones de 4 equipos) en el 2011, representando a once diferentes países. Las fechas del torneo son el 17-24 de Abril del 2011.

"Creo realmente que el grupo de 16 equipos habla para si mismo. Con tantos estilos diferentes de juego que deben venir de los 11 diferentes países, los fanaticos en Dallas deben de tener una gran semana" indica el Director del Torneo Randy Jones. "Todos nosotros tenemos la esperanza de que todos disfruten de nuestro hermoso juego durante la Copa Dallas Dr Pepper XXXII"

Equipos que tomarán parte en el Súper Grupo de la Copa Dallas Dr Pepper XXXII serán: Arsenal FC (Inglaterra), FC Barcelona(España), SC Corinthians Paulista(Brasil), Coritiba FC (Brasil), Eintracht Frankfurt (Alemania), Tigres(México), Club Bolívar(Bolivia), LD Alajuelense(Costa Rica), CS Cartagines (Costa Rica), Chorrillo FC (Panamá), Japan National Team U-18, Vancouver Whitecaps(Canadá), Dallas Texans (USA), FC Dallas (USA), Houston Dynamo (USA), and Real Salt Lake-AZ (USA)

El Súper Grupo del 2011 es uno de los mejores jamás con dos de los clubes con mayor historia en el mundo notados por su desarrollo de juventud, el Arsenal FC y Barcelona FC que hacen sus primeros viajes a Dallas. Parte del mejor talento en Norteamérica también estará en exhibición con un record de cuatro academias de futbol de la Major League Soccer que se unen al Súper Grupo este año. De acuerdo con el nivel muy alto de futbol sinónimo con la Copa Dallas, los 16 equipos que participan este año han combinado para 92 campeonatos nacionales en sus respectivos países.

"Con el calibre de equipos este año, nosotros tendremos una buena fiesta Internacional de Futbol de Juventud para los fanaticos de futbol en Dallas" dijo Director Ejecutivo de la Copa Dallas Gordon Jago.

La Copa Dallas Dr Pepper es el torneo internacional más viejo de futbol juvenil en Estados Unidos, celebrando su edición 32 en el 2011. La Copa Dallas contiene siete grupos desde edad Sub 19 al nivel Sub 13 y entretiene en el promedio más de 160,000 espectadores durante la semana del torneo. Desde su principio en 1980, Copa Dallas ha sido anfitrión a equipos y árbitros de más de 45 estados, 100 países y 6 continentes.

Si es interesado en oportunidades de patrocinio con "Dr Pepper Copa Dallas XXXII " o "Dallas Es Programa de Diversidad" favor de contactar a el Director Ejecutivo Gordon Jago en la oficina de Copa Dallas o a través del teléfono 214.221.3636 o a través de correo electrónico (