Over the past four decades, several moments have helped shape the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup into the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States. Over the next several weeks, the Dallas Cup will embark on a mission to recount 40 of the most influential players, teams, and events in the tournament’s history to help celebrate four decades of excellence.
· A trio of European stars competed in the Dallas Cup in the early 90s: Michael Owen (England) – 1992 Mid Wales Celtics, Raul (Spain) – 1994 Real Madrid, Pirlo (Italy) – 1990 US Voluntas
Andrea Pirlo and Raul both won Dallas Cup championships in 1990 and 1994, respectively.
· Liga MX side CF Monterrey is the club with the most Dallas Cup championships, claiming 16 titles across all age groups. Cross-town rival Tigres have played in the Dallas Cup 23 consecutive years, racking up 13 titles along the way, including the 2018, 2011, and 2003 Super Group.
· The Super Group finals in 1994 and 1995, and again in 1997 and 1998, were broadcast globally on ESPN International, allowing the Dallas Cup to receive extraordinary world-wide exposure. As a result, the 1998 tournament had 68 international teams taking part, a record number that was not surpassed until the 2018 and 2019 editions of the tournament.
· Brothers Giovanni and Jonathan dos Santos hoisted the U12 “Boot and Ball” championship trophy at the 2001 Dallas Cup with Mexico’s Sao Paulo Club. The duo now plays for the LA Galaxy in the MLS.
· Argentine twins Ramiro and Rogelio Funes Mori played in the 2008 Dallas Cup with North Texas club ASG Gold. Ramiro now plays for Villarreal in Spain, while Rogelio remains a top goal scoring threat for CF Monterrey in Liga MX.
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