DonamiSport has secured invitation to bring a Liberia YMCA U-14boys All-Star team to the U.S. for the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup soccer tournament from April 13-20, 2014.
This was confirmed by its Executive Director, Doc Lawson, in an email to the Daily Observer sports desk last Friday.
He said the team will compete in one of the oldest and most prestigious international youth football tournaments in the world, which is The Dallas Cup.
The Liberian team will compete against teams from England, Mexico, United States, Canada and New Zealand.
Doc Lawson, who will be arriving in the country later this week, said he would be holding meetings with the Liberia Football Association, the Ministry of Youths & Sports and other partners to conclude arrangement for Liberia’s participation.
The DonamiSports, which began a community football development program in several communities in Monrovia, will hold try-outs to select Liberia’s representative.
When he arrives later this week, Doc Lawson said he would meet with,” my partners on the ground, Liberia YMCA, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association to share the details about this historic event.”
In a press release issued by the organizers the first round of international team invitations for the U17 bracket of the 2014 tournament had been sent to the best teams from around the globe, to clubs hailing from five different countries.
“The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup continues to set the standard for international competition in youth soccer tournaments,” said Andy Swift, the tournament’s Executive Director. “This year’s U17 bracket, with the quality and diversity of the international clubs, combined with yet another extremely talented group of teams from the United States, is shaping up to be one of the strongest and most competitive in many, many years.”
The release said headlining the U17 group are three professional Mexican clubs, a Dallas Cup U17 bracket first. Club America, UANL Tigres, and CF Monterrey Rayados will be sending their U17 teams to Dallas to compete in the 2014 tournament.
“CF Monterrey will be fielding the same team that won the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup 2013 U16 Championship this past March. All three teams were playoff quarterfinalists in the recently concluded Mexican U17 Apertura season, with Tigres and Club America advancing to the semifinals. The eventual winner, CD Guadalajara, will compete in this year’s in the Dr Pepper Gordon Jago Super Group.”
In addition there will be teams from four different continents, all competing with their own unique style of soccer. German side FC Astoria Walldorf, Club Deportivo ASES from Colombia, and the Gold Coast Knights from Australia will join the Puerto Rican U17 National Team in one of the most competitive and diverse U17 brackets in Dallas Cup history.
While the remaining international U17 participants are yet to be announced, the DonamiSports has secured a place for the Liberia U14 to participate in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV from April 13th through April 20th, 2014.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States and will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Dallas Cup consists of seven age groups from U13 to U19 and entertains on average more than 100,000 spectators during the week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has hosted teams and referees from 47 states, 100 countries and 6 continents.