Five World Cup countries represented in Opening Day stadium games
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, has announced the Gordon Jago Super Group matchups for the Cotton Bowl Stadium games. Opening day will be on Sunday, April 13, and will feature a triple-header to be played at the newly renovated Cotton Bowl Stadium. Games at the Cotton Bowl will continue on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Dallas Cup week and tickets for these games can be purchased at dallascup.com. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014 and will take place from Sunday, April 13 through Sunday, April 20.
The tournament’s first Cotton Bowl match will have the Gordon Jago Super Group reigning champion, English side Fulham FC, taking on the FC Dallas U18 Academy at 12:30pm. At 3:00pm CD Guadalajara (“Chivas”) of Mexico will play 2013 Gordon Jago Super Group semifinalists, Fluminense, from Brazil. The annual “Welcome World” Opening Ceremonies, featuring all 184 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV teams, will start at 5:00pm. The action will conclude with the marquee game of the day featuring the United States U20 Men’s National Team vs. Argentine powerhouse, River Plate, at 6:30pm.
The twelve previously announced Gordon Jago Super Group teams have been divided into three brackets of four teams each. The Bracket Champions, along with the best second place finisher, will advance to the Gordon Jago Super Group semi-finals, to be played at the Cotton Bowl on Friday, April 18. The 2014 Gordon Jago Super Group brackets are:
Bracket A Bracket B Bracket C_________
Fulham FC (ENG) Anderlecht (BEL) River Plate (ARG)
Coritiba (BRA) Fluminense (BRA) Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
IF Brommapojkarna (SWE) CD Guadalajara (MEX) UANL Tigres (MEX)
FC Dallas Academy (USA) LA Galaxy Academy (USA) U20 National Team (USA)
In a first for the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, Wednesday’s Cotton Bowl Stadium matchups will not be decided until after the first two rounds of group games have been played. This will ensure that the most dramatic games, featuring optimum matchups, will be showcased on the Cotton Bowl field.
Single event tickets range from $15 for adults to $5 for kids. Discounted week-long tournament passes for all five Cotton Bowl match days start at only $50 for adults, $20 for kids. Additional games will be played throughout the week, free of charge, at the Classic League Soccer Complex at Richland College and the new Elm Fork Athletic Complex in Northwest Dallas. Tickets can be purchased at dallascup.com.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Cotton Bowl Stadium Schedule
Sunday – April 13
12:30pm Fulham FC (ENG) vs. FC Dallas U18 Academy (USA)
3:00pm CD Guadalajara “Chivas” (MEX) vs. Fluminense (BRA)
5:00pm Welcome World Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm U20 National Team (USA) vs. River Plate (ARG)
Wednesday – April 16
5:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
7:30pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
Friday – April 18
5:00pm Super Group Semi-Final
7:30pm Super Group Semi-Final
Saturday – April 19
10:00am U13 Championship Match
12:30pm U14 Championship Match
3:00pm U15 Championship Match
5:30pm U16 Championship Match
Sunday – April 20
9:30am U17 Championship Match
12:30pm Super 17s Championship
3:00pm U19 Championship Match
6:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group Championship Match