Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dallas Cup, Inc. Bids Farewell To Sports Visionary Lamar Hunt

[1932-2006] It is with great sadness, that we say good-bye to Lamar Hunt, a charter investor in the MLS in 1994, an investor in the North American Soccer League, founder of the AFL, credited with coining the term “Super Bowl”, co-founder of the World Championship Tennis circuit in 1967. His vision of the sports industry was respected by us all and some say, because of Lamar, “soccer” is a common household name today, in the United States. He leaves behind his wife, Norma and his four children. He was also the grandfather of 14 grandchildren.

He will be truly missed!

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII Announces 5 of the 12 Super Group (Under 19) Teams

The competition bar just got raised for the Super Group (U19) Division. The following are 5 of the 12 teams to compete, April 1-8, 2007 at Pizza Hut Park Stadium & Complex.
1. Alta Loma Arsenal of Alta Loma, California, USA- As three-time USYSA National Champions (the only team to achieve back-to-back national championships), these boys have been together under the direction of head coach Steve Lucey since they were playing in the U15 division. They currently play in the Coast Soccer League with a record of 9-2-2, holding onto second place, out 12 teams.
2. CD Guadalajara (Chivas) of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco- Currently they play in the Torneo Nacional de Reservas and are in first place with a 9-5-3 record. Coached by Marco Antonio Fabian Vazquez, Chivas was a quarterfinalist in the Copa Chivas 2006 Super Grupo and a finalist in the 2006 Continential Cup in Cleveland Ohio. Chivas are one of the most popular teams in Mexico with a large fan base not only in Mexico, but the world.
3. Chelsea FC of Stamford Bridge in England- This will be the first Dallas Cup Super Group (U19) appearance for Chelsea FC, coming in as one of the top youth teams in the Premiere League. Chelsea will be bringing their top youth players, some of which, have been recently playing on their Reserve Squad. A club known for “the one and two-touch, pass and move soccer” will be coached by Ruud Kaiser, who joined the club in summer of 2006, and directed Chelsea to 9 straight wins in his first season. Kaiser is a former coach of the Dutch FA, where he coached the Dutch U16 and U17 National Teams.
4. Real Madrid CF of Madrid, Spain- Having won Dallas Cup XIV & XV, back to back, Real Madrid will appear in Dallas Cup again this year with a mind set equal to their performances in past years.
5. Sao Paulo FC of Sao Paulo, Brazil- Returning to Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII after an 11 year absence, 2006 has been a very successful year for Sao Paulo FC U19 team. They recently reached the semi-final in the Sao Paulo State Cup and will participate in the most important youth tournament in Brazil, “Junior Sao Paulo Cup” in January 2007. SPFC will bring the traditional Brazilian soccer along with great competition.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Two Dallas Clubs Battle for Super Group- December 5th

The final slot for the Super Group Division (U19) of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII will be decided on Tuesday, December 5th, between the Dallas Texans Red coached by Hassan Nazari and Solar SC coached by Kevin Smith. Kick-off is at Richland College, field #7 at 8:15pm. Whoever wins will advance, but in the event of a draw Solar SC would advance into the Dallas Cup becuase of their Boys Classic League standings prior to this match. These two clubs are no strangers to Dallas Cup, in fact the Dallas Texans Red team coached by David Hudgell was crowned Super Group champions of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVII. Tomorrow nights' match looks to be an exciting game, so don't miss the action!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

2006 College Cup Finals

Today, UC Santa Barbara defeated UCLA, 2-1, in the 2006 NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer Championship. This is UC Santa Barbara's first-ever national title in men's soccer.

The North Carolina Tar Heels beat Notre Dame, 2-1, to become the 2006 NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer Champions, making this their 18th championship in the 25-history of the Women's College Cup. North Carolina has always had one of the best soccer programs in the United State, but to get to the finals they had to beat some of the nation's best teams incuding, Texas A&M in the quarterfinals, UCLA in the semifinals and finally Notre Dame for the championship.

A hearty Dallas Cup congratulations goes out to the champions...the men of UC Santa Barbara and the ladies of North Carolina! A job well done!

So, what do you think...What state do you think has the strongest youth and collegiate soccer competition?

Dallas Cup Alumni - Giuseppe Rossi

Rossi Called Back To Manchester United

Guiseppe Rossi and the Manchester United U19 Squad played Real Madrid U19 in front of a 17,105 crowd, a Dallas Cup record, at Pizza Hut Park stadium this past April. Although neither team did well in the Super Group division of the Cup, Rossi left Dallas and headed straight to the Manchester United First Team. Officially joining United as a striker in July of 2004, he has since this past year, made 14 appearances and scored 4 goals for United. It was shortly after signing his contract that Rossi made his mark on the Reserve Squad netting 13 goals in his first 19 starts. To further his soccer education and to get him more playing time, Sir Alex Ferguson, put Rossi "on loan" to Newcastle. Within the last week, Sir Alex has had Rossi called back to United and will be officially be with the squad sometime this week. Sir Alex stated recently, "We could have done with him here, so he might as well come back to us".

Dallas Cup Alumni - Freddie Adu

Adu Returns Home To The U.S.

Freddie Adu has just completed a two-week trial with Manchester United and will be returning home sometime this week to DC United. Adu made his Dallas Cup debut on the USA National U17 Team in 2003 at the age of 14. The USA National U17 Team kicked-off Dallas Cup that year in front of a record attendance for Dallas Cup at Lake Highlands stadium. It all came down to the finals that year, where the USA team was defeated by Tigres of Mexico. The USA National U17 Team qualified for the FIFA U17 World Cup where they eventually lost to Brazil, who went on were crowned champions. Freddie Adu was named U.S. Soccer Chevy Male Athelete fo the Year in 2003 and called up to USA National U20 Team. Since 2004, Freddie has played midfielder for DC United (who were also crowned MLS Champions in 2004), playing over 5,400 minutes, scoring 11 goals and 17 assists to date. This year was Freddie adu was named to the MLS All-Star team.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Referee Spotlight: Trevor Simpson

When did you first get involved with Dallas Cup?
I was introduced to Dallas Cup in September 1984, by Irish FIFA Referee Malcolm Moffatt when we were together attending a British FA Referee Instructor Course. I had just been promoted onto the English Football League as a referee after serving for two years as a Linesman (Assistant Referee). He had refereed in Dallas that year and arranged for an invitation to be issued to me. My first Dallas Cup as a referee was Easter 1985 and I have officiated consecutively in all subsequent tournaments. A treasured award is the Special Recognition Trophy that Dallas Cup presented to me in 2005 to commemorate my twenty years service to the tournament.

What keeps you coming back every year to Dallas Cup?
Over the past 21 years I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent in Dallas both on the fields as referee and experiencing the wonderful, friendly, Texas hospitality. I knew no one when I first arrived and now I can count hundreds of people as ‘my friends’ with special mention to my home stay families. The second year I stayed with English referee Mike Hickling at the home of Jan and Ralph Gifford before moving a few years later to stay with Mary Ann and Jim Trombla, where I still remain and have become a part of their family for well over a decade. The tournament is well organized by the staff and volunteers, working under Gordon Jago, embracing all the referees into the Dallas Cup family and catering to the every need to make the whole tournament memorable. Mike and I love the Country Music scene and in addition to stocking up on our CD collections we also visit live music venues to experience first hand the great tradition that Texas has for country music. Solid enjoyment!

What is your most memorable Dallas Cup moment?
I have several. There was one year in the 1990s when after the opening ceremony it rained continually for three full days and nights and no soccer took place. I remember the flood at Moss Park was almost 8 feet deep with just the top of the goalposts being visible. On the Thursday at the crack of dawn we all moved to Grand Prairie where we caught up with all the games with 30 minute, halves and came off the fields at 2:00 am the following day. Huge sponges, along with helicopter blades were used by the staff to get the fields ready to use and it really demonstrated the spirit of Dallas Cup.

Team Applications are Rolling In

As we draw close to the application deadline (US teams due by Dec. 1, International teams due by Jan. 1), there are over 150 teams who have already applied for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII. Out of those teams, six of seven continents are represented. Now if only Antarctica had some youth soccer clubs.

The Dallas Cup Team Selection Committee will be reviewing all applications and acceptance letters will begin going out the first full week in December. Top boys youth soccer clubs are applying from Australia, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, El Salvador, Mexico, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and many more locations all over the world, to compete in Dallas Cup this coming April.

Stay tuned as Dallas Cup will be announcing, within the next week, a few of the teams competing in the Super Group division.

What teams would you like to see compete this year at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII in any of the 7-age groups (U12, U14, U15, U16, U17, U19, Super Group-U19)?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Premiere International Boys Youth Soccer Tournament


In just five short months, youth soccer teams from all over the world will descend upon Frisco, Texas (located 18 miles north of downtown Dallas) to compete in one of the most competitve tourmanents in the United States. Celebrating its' 28th year in 2007, Dallas Cup has seen such soccer greats as David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Raul, Freddie Adu and Michael Owen, just to name a few, played as young boys, their first steps in international soccer.