The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced Coritiba FC will return to compete in the elite Gordon Jago Super Group. The two-time Dr Pepper Dallas Cup champion will attempt to win its second consecutive iconic “Boot and Ball” trophy during Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII, which will be held from March 20 through 27, 2016.
In April of this year, Coritiba defeated Monterrey of Mexico in the Gordon Jago Super Group final to claim their second Super Group championship, having won the competition in 2012. Evandro, who has since made several appearances for Coritiba’s senior side, scored two goals on the way to the 3-1 victory.
The Brazilian club will attempt to become the fifth club to win the Gordon Jago Super Group in consecutive years, and the first since 2004-05. Only Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid and Brazilian clubs SC Corinthians, Clube Atletico Paranaense, and EC Vitoria have accomplished this feat. Coritiba will join previously announced Middlesbrough FC, the current Barclays U18 English Premier League champion, in the Gordon Jago Super Group.
Also returning to the 2016 tournament to defend their title is current U15 Champion Eintracht Frankfurt, which earned their second U15 crown in five years by defeating FC Golden State in the final, 2-1. Eintracht Frankfurt outscored their opponents 29-4 on the way to the championship. It is the Bundesliga club’s third overall Dallas Cup title, previously winning the 2011 Super Group and 2010 U15 titles.