Dallas Cup hosts international soccer youth squads

By Diana Abou-Saleh
Sports & Managing Editor

The 2012 Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII, an international youth soccer tournament in North America, was hosted at Richland College and the FC Dallas Stadium April 1-8.

According to the Dallas Cup website, since the founding of the tournament in 1980, the Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from more than 45 states, 100 countries and six continents.

Boys and teens of various nationalities, ages 12-19, competed for the chance to lift the Dallas Cup.

The final was held April 8 at the FC Dallas Stadium.

The final teams included Manchester United Football Club, England and Coritiba Football Club, Brazil. Coritiba FC triumphed over Manchester United by a scoreline of 2-1 and were recognized as the Gordon Jago Super Group champions.

In the past, renowned European soccer clubs – including Manchester United, Football Club Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal Football Club and Chelsea Football Club – have participated in the event, according to the website.