Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Starts March 20th with Cotton Bowl Triple-Header

For the 37th consecutive year, soccer’s best international and domestic youth teams will descend on North Texas to participate in the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup. From March 20 through March 27, the teams — some of which are certainly developing future World Cup stars — will compete for the iconic “Boot and Ball” championship trophy.

Select Gordon Jago Super Group first-round games will be held at the Cotton Bowl, while “Championship Weekend” will be hosted at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Additional games will be played throughout the week, free of charge, at the Classic League Soccer Complex at Richland College, and MoneyGram Soccer Park in Northwest Dallas.

Here is a primer for this year’s exciting tournament.

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U.S. U20 National Team Among the Elite Teams Competing for the Prestigious Gordon Jago Super Group Title
The dozen Super Group participants include top academies from four continents, including three current domestic champions, making this year’s Super Group one of the most competitive in recent years. The teams include the Brazilian U20 academy champion (Fluminense), the current U18 England Premier League Champion (Middlesbrough), two former Super Group Champions (Fulham and Tigres), and the club with the most Dallas Cup championships (Monterrey). Of the 10 teams that have made previous Dallas Cup appearances, seven have reached the Super Group semi-final round. The twelve clubs, representing six countries, are:

Group A

CF Monterrey (Mexico)
Fulham FC (England)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)
U.S. U20 Men’s National Team (United States)

Notable Group A Fact: This group features a Super Group finalist from the past three years: Fulham (2013), U20 USMNT (2014), Monterrey (2015).

Group B

Everton FC (England)
Kyoto Sanga FC (Japan)
Real Salt Lake (United States)
Tigres UANL (Mexico)

Notable Group B Fact:

Everton and Tigres are both currently in first place in their respective domestic academy leagues.

Group C

FC Dallas (United States)
Fluminense FC (Brazil)
Middlesbrough FC (England)
Querétaro FC (Mexico)

Notable Group C Fact: Group C includes the current academy champions from Brazil (Fluminense) and England (Middlesbrough), and the 2015 Liga MX U20 Apertura regular season champion (Querétaro).

Dallas Cup XXXVII to be played at TWO Stadiums
Once again for the 2016 tournament, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will play games in two stadiums: Dallas’ historic Cotton Bowl and Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The tournament will open with its traditional Gordon Jago Super Group triple-header and Welcome World Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, March 20. The Cotton Bowl will host these games, in addition to the Wednesday, March 23, Super Group double-header.

On Friday, March 25, the stadium games will move to Toyota Stadium in Frisco for “Championship Weekend.” Toyota Stadium will host the Gordon Jago Super Group semifinals, followed by all age-group Championship matches, which are played on Saturday and Sunday of tournament week.

Stadium Game Schedule

Sunday, March 20 – Cotton Bowl
12:30 p.m. Fluminense FC (Brazil) vs. FC Dallas (USA)
3:00 p.m. Tigres UNAL (Mexico) vs. Everton FC (England)
5:00 p.m. Welcome World Opening Ceremonies
6:30 p.m. U.S.U20 Men’s National Team (USA) vs. CF Monterrey (Mexico)

Wednesday, March 23 – Cotton Bowl
5:00 p.m. Super Group Match – Teams TBD
7:30 p.m. Super Group Match – Teams TBD

Friday, March 25 – Toyota Stadium
6:00 p.m. Super Group Match – Teams TBD
8:00 p.m. Super Group Match – Teams TBD

Saturday, March 26 – Toyota Stadium
9:00 a.m. U13 Championship
10:45 a.m. U14 Championship
12:30 p.m. U15 Championship
2:30 p.m. U16 Championship

Sunday, March 27 – Toyota Stadium
10:00 a.m. U17 Championship
12:30 p.m. Super 17s Championship
3:00 p.m. U19 Championship
6:00 p.m. Gordon Jago Super Group U19 Championship – Followed by Trophy Presentation by Dr Pepper

Be sure to check out dallascup.com for the most current schedule and results.