Steve Hunt, reporter for the Dallas soccer blog 3rd Degree.com, recently had a chance to speak with Peter Crouch. Crouch has played for his native England in the World Cup and is currently a striker for Stoke City of the English Premier League. Crouch was in town as his Stoke City side defeated FC Dallas, 1-0, in an exhibition match on July 27. Here is what Crouch had to say about his memories of his first trip to Dallas as a Dallas Cup participant in 1999.
Steve Hunt: You played in Dallas Cup 15 years ago. What do you remember about playing in that event?
Crouch: I had a fantastic time, loved every minute of it. Having been to Dallas before, I recognize a few parts of it. Made me feel a little bit old, saying 15 years ago, but I think I was about 17 and we managed to get to the final of Dallas Cup. I remember it being a really well-run tournament and obviously to play in front of some big crowds and to manage to get to the final was a great achievement. Obviously, I was at Tottenham at the time and I remember playing Corinthians in the final. Being young and playing in front of a big crowd in the stadium, it was certainly a good learning experience for me and stood me in good stead, but that was my first time to the U.S. as well, so those are fond memories.