Everton FC Returns to Dr Pepper Dallas Cup
Toffees will seek to become Englandís fifth Gordon Jago Super Group Champion
DALLAS, Texas (Wednesday Sept. 17) – The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced that Everton FC, the current Barclays U18 Premier League Champion, has officially accepted the invitation to participate in the elite tournament’s 2015 Gordon Jago Super Group. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI will be held from March 29 through April 5, 2015.
Returning for a third time to the Dallas Cup, the Merseyside club is recognized as being one of the premier developmental academies in England. Two of their esteemed graduates, 2014 FIFA World Cup players Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley, appeared with Everton in the 1999 and 2012 Dallas Cup tournaments, respectively.
In May of this year, Everton defeated Manchester City 1-0 to win the Barclays U18 Premier League, the highest level of youth soccer played in England. In consideration to represent the club in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI are many of the players from that championship team, including Harry Charsley, who scored the championship-clinching goal, along with English U18 national team players Ryan Ledson, who recently captained England to the European U17 championship, Callum Connolly, and Jonjoe Kenny.
The Toffees upcoming trip to Dallas continues the long-standing relationship between the world-renowned tournament and the English Premier League. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City are among the Premier League teams that have competed in past Dallas Cups. Fulham was the last English side to claim the Gordon Jago Super Group, hoisting the “Boot and Ball” trophy in 2013.
About Everton FC: Founded in 1887, Everton Football Club resides in Liverpool, playing their games at historic Goodison Park. Known to their fans as the Toffees, Everton has produced several FIFA World Cup players, including Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley. Having only been relegated to the second division twice in their 127-year history, Everton is one of the most consistent teams in English soccer. It is the current club for U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard. Visit www.evertonfc.com for the latest news.
About Dr Pepper Dallas Cup: Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States. Consisting of age groups from U13 to U19, Dallas Cup averages more than 100,000 spectators during tournament week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has hosted teams and referees from across 47 states, six continents and more than 100 countries. Follow Dallas Cup on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram.