In his new book, Beckham, Both Feet on the Ground; An Autobiography written with Tom Watt for HarperCollins Publishers, David Beckham reflects on his first trip from England to the United States to play in Dallas Cup XII as a 13 year old on the Under 19 Essex Schools team. His fondest memories are of the Dallas Cup HomeStay Program and his week staying with a local Dallas family. To quote from the book and from a recent article by Mike Woitalla in Soccer America, That trip was different because instead of staying together, we lodged on our own with local families. The first people I stayed with were Mexican and (they were) really nice people. They were mad about soccer and couldnt do enough for me. All my Essex teammates were staying in these huge houses and being driven around in huge cars. Wed just get in the pickup and drive down to McDonalds for breakfast every morning. I had such a great week with that family; I sometimes find myself thinking about them even now.
We know there are many more special memories from past Dallas Cup tournaments. With our Silver Anniversary, Dallas Cup XXV, taking place next April, we would like to hear from past participants that would like to share their special memories. Participants would include player, coach, referee, HomeStay hosts, volunteer, etc. Please send your memories via email to Randy Jones, Tournament Manager at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make the subject line read Dallas Cup Special Memories. Please be sure to include the following information as you write about your memories: (1) Which Dallas Cup tournament and year, (2) your name, (3) your part in Dallas Cup (i.e. player, coach, etc.) (4) your team name if a player, (5) your age group if a player.
Plans are to establish a page on our web site so that everyone can share in your memories.
We look forward to hearing from you!