Dallas, Texas – Dr Pepper Dallas Cup announces the return of the “Sun kings“, 2011 Japanese league champions Kashiwa Reysol will send the U18 Academy team to the 2013 Gordon Jago Super Group. Kashiwa Reysol will be making their second straight appearance in the Gordon Jago Super Group after impressing in last season’s tournament, garnering international attention for their 5-3 upset of the 2012 English Premier League U18 Champion side Everton FC.
“The economical passing, the simple techniques and the movement off the ball – they’re things we haven’t really come up against before,” said Everton Academy Manager Kevin Sheedy. “The Japanese team played like Barcelona. They were technically superb.”
Kashiwa Reysol U-18’s are the eighth confirmed Super Group team joining Club América (Mexico), Fulham FC (England), Fluminense (Brazil), Coritiba FC (Brazil), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Aalborg BK (Denmark) and Tigres UANL (Mexico).
Tatsuma Yoshida Team Director: First of all, I feel so glad and honored to again participate in Dallas Cup 2013. Last tournament, we failed to go through the final stage, but our performance was admired by coaches for ”beautiful” and “future” football. We will be ready and confident of triumphing as the first Asian club in addition to producing a great performance. We are very appreciative to return to Dallas.
About Kashiwa Reysol: In 2010 they won the J2 (second division) title and in 2011, Kashiwa Reysol senior side won the J1 title becoming the first Japanese team to win the second and first tier titles back-to-back. By winning the title in 2011, they also qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup. After the 2012 Dallas Cup campaign, the Kashiwa Reysol U18 Squad captured the 2012 in Adidas Cup in August. Visit www.reysol.co.jp for the latest news
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is considered one of the most prestigious international youth tournaments in the world, celebrating its 34th year in 2013. Dallas Cup contains seven age groups from U13 to U19 level and entertains on average more than 160,000 spectators during the week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from over 45 states, 100 countries and 6 continents. Visit www.dallascup.comfor the latest news
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