Everton FC Academy to Headline 2012 Gordon Jago Super Group
at Dallas Cup

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago is pleased to announce the 2011 English Premier Academy League champions Everton FC as the first 2012 Gordon Jago Super Group team. Everton FC will be making their first trip to the Dallas Cup since 1999.

The Premier Academy league is an under-18 league comprised of academies from the top-level English clubs. The long standing relationship of Dallas Cup with the English Premiership League gives the U.S. fans an opportunity to see the future stars of soccer.

"We are delighted to once again be crossing the Atlantic to take part in the Dallas Cup," says Everton Academy Manager Alan Irvine. "This competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world and the quality of teams taking part in 2012 proves that. Here at Everton, we get invited to countless international events during the course of the season, but we only accept the ones that we feel will be very well organized and will give our young players a platform to perform against a very good standard of opposition. The Dallas Cup certainly ticks both boxes and we are all looking forward to it."

Dallas Cup Tournament Manager Randy Jones is equally excited: "We are really pleased to have Everton back at the Dallas Cup in the Super Group for 2012. When last here in 1999 in our Under-14 group, there was a young lad by the name of Wayne Rooney in the squad. Who knows what we will see in the Super Group squad next April? I know one thing for sure, there will be some outstanding 'Everton Football' played on the fields at the Dallas Cup."

Founded in 1878, The Everton Football Club home ground resides at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Known as the Toffees, Everton are the famous city rivals of Liverpool. Their academy has produced Premier League stars like Wayne Rooney, Richard Dunne, Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman. They are well known in the United States for being the long-time club of U.S. Men's National Team starting goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States, celebrating its 33rd year in 2012. 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.

In addition to Everton FC, Dallas Cup will also welcome back 2011 Super Group finalists Eintrach Frankfurt and Tigres Tigres, whose 2011 Super Group final had to be abandoned due to lightning in the 65th minute with score tied at 1 -1. It was the first time in the Dallas Cup's 32 year history that a game had to be abandoned. With the scored tied, both teams were named Super Group Co-Champions for 2011.

"If we play them together in the first game in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII, we can claim a Guinness Book of Records for the longest soccer game ever, starting on April 24, 2011, and finishing on April 1, 2012 — approximately 8,208 hours," joked Executive Director Gordon Jago in announcing both clubs joining Everton FC for next year's tournament. "We are delighted that we can welcome back both teams for 2012 and it certainly will be interesting if they do meet once again."

As of Nov. 20, some of the international teams that have already been in contact with the Dallas Cup office are from England, Canada; Mexico, Bolivia; Colombia, Germany; South Africa, Nigeria; Ireland, Brazil; Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates.

"We are pleased to report that we have received the most applications ever for the Super Group, and we will be announcing more teams [soon]," says Jones.

For complete tournament informatjon, visit www.dallascup.com!

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