Brazilís Fluminense FC to return to Dr Pepper Dallas Cup
Ryutu-Kezai University FC also accepts 2017 Gordon Jago Super Group invitation

DALLAS, Texas (Monday, Oct. 17) – The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the return of Brazilian side Fluminense FC to the elite Gordon Jago Super Group for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVIII. The club, based in Rio De Janeiro, is the defending U-20 Brazilian academy champion. It has recently advanced to the 2nd round of this year’s Brazilian U20 Brazilian academy playoffs, after finishing undefeated in group play.

This will be the fourth Dallas Cup appearance by Fluminense. They have passed through the group stages and reached the tournament’s semi-finals in each of their previous appearances. With a robust roster each year, which includes more than ten players from those teams having gone on to play professional soccer, “Flu” is still seeking their first Super Group championship.

The 2013 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup marked the first appearance for the club and they were eliminated by eventual champion, Fulham FC. In a shot at redemption, Fluminense returned the following year at Dallas Cup XXXV, but were ousted in their semi-final match by the U-20 US Men’s National Team. This past March, the Brazilian side made their third Dallas Cup appearance. Despite an undefeated group stage, they were matched up against another fiery Fulham team and eliminated after falling to the English side 3-2.

Also returning to the 2017 tournament is Ryutu-Kezai University FC of Japan. The club, based out of the Tokyo suburb of Ryūgasaki, came to Dallas Cup in 2014, where despite winning two of their three group stage matches, failed to advance to the semi-finals. They will look to build upon their last appearance and become the first Asian team to win the Gordon Jago Super Group. Ryutu-Kezai plays in the first division of the Kantō Soccer League.  

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVIII, which will be held April 9-16, 2017, will host over 180 elite clubs from around the world. Fluminense FC and Ryutu-Kezai University FC will be a part of this prestigious group as they will try to get their hands on the iconic Gordon Jago Super Group “Boot and Ball” trophy.


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