DALLAS, Texas (Thursday, Jan. 26) – The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced that English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United will compete in the elite tournament’s 2017 Gordon Jago Super Group. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVIII will mark the fourth time for the Red Devils to compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group, and the club’s eighth Dallas Cup appearance overall. They look to become the second consecutive Premier League club to claim the Gordon Jago Super Group title, and the third English club in the last five years to win the esteemed bracket.
Manchester United looks to improve upon the last time they competed in the elite bracket back in 2013, a team that featured current Belgian international Adnan Januzaj. In 2012, the club reached the championship match, but lost to Brazil’s Coritiba, who will also be competing this April. The 2012 squad featured current Manchester United first team player, Jesse Lingard.
In a recent ranking of Premier League academies by Britain’s Daily Mirror, Manchester United sits firmly on top. The club ranks first in Premier League minutes played by academy players. They also rank first in total players currently playing in the Premier League who were produced by the academy. The Manchester United academy has produced 29 players who currently play in the Premier League, which not only tops England’s top flight, but also makes United’s academy one of the most successful in world soccer.
Manchester United joins a strong Gordon Jago Super Group, which amongst others, includes 2016’s champions Everton, Brazilian powers Coritiba and Fluminense, prominent Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, and 2016 US Soccer Development Academy champions FC Dallas. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVIII will be held from April 9 through April 16, 2017.