Dallas Soccer: Manchester United FC

Brazil's Coritiba FC wins Dallas Cup championship

April, 8, 2012
4/08/12
9:13
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FRISCO, Texas -- When the final whistle blew, Thiago Primão looked like he had just won the World Cup. The Coritiba FC captain was dancing, signing autographs for kids and singing to Brazilian fans in the crowd.

The defender who's not even old enough to enjoy a champagne celebration went wild after he and his team downed the U19 team of the world's most famous football club, Manchester United.

"It's a really good experience for us. We've been working together for [many years]," Primão said through an interpreter. "It's a great accomplishment to win against Manchester United, one of the greatest teams in the world."

Coritiba survived a shorthanded comeback attempt to win the Gordon Jago Super Group Dallas Cup championship 2-1 over United.

The Brazilians came out very aggressive against the Red Devils. It paid off in the ninth minute when João Amaral's cross landed in front of Alex Santos, who fired a strike into the bottom-left corner to take an early lead.

They almost added another goal in the 24th minute when Willian Rodrigues put one in the back of the net off a rebound, but he was offside.

Coritiba continued their attack after halftime, but United was able to keep the Brazilians from scoring until the 64th minute when Michele Fornaiser was shown a red card for getting his second yellow of the match after a tackle.

Two minutes later, a give-and-go with Alex Santos gave José Vivian a one-on-one from the left side of the box with United keeper Samuel Johnstone, and he was able to bury the ball on the bottom-right corner of the goal to go up 2-0.

In the 73rd minute, United's Ryan Tunnicliffe was also shown a red after an argument with a referee.

Despite being down two players and two goals, United wasn't leaving without a fight. Michael Keane scored on a header from a Jesse Lingard corner kick in the 75th minute to make it a 2-1 game and give the Red Devils hope.

"We knew how good Manchester United is," Primão said. "We tried to stay calm and control the game, but we made that one mistake and they scored. We got a little nervous, but we managed to control it."

In the 79th minute, United nearly equalized, but couldn't score on a free kick and a corner kick.

In the 82nd minute, Samuel Johnstone saved a a wide open shot from Willian Henrique, but it turned out not to matter.

United had a few other opportunities, but the tired Reds couldn't overcome the faster Coritiba.

Brazilian sides are now 6-0 in the Dallas Cup Super Group final in the last 10 years.

Notes:

Yellow cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 42nd, 64th) – Coritiba FC 2 (José Vivian, 67th; Thiago Primão, 85th)

Red cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 64th; Ryan Tunnicliffe, 73rd) – Coritiba FC 0

United's Keane twins down FC Dallas Academy

April, 1, 2012
4/01/12
10:36
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FRISCO, Texas -- Call it one of those twin connections. Manchester United twin brothers Will and Michael Keane both scored for the Red Devils to down FC Dallas Academy 2-0 in their Dallas Cup opener Sunday evening.

Despite Michael being a defender, it was the third time this year the two have scored in the same game. The twins agreed that when it comes to the team, they don't really care who scores.

"We're just always looking for a win. It doesn't really matter who scores if the team plays well and we win," Michael said.

Will Keane, one of United's top young strikers, opened up scoring in the 10th minute with a wide-open goal from 12 yards.

Ryan Tunnicliffe almost added the second goal for United late in the first half, but his strike with FC Dallas keeper Richard Sanchez out of position went just wide left.

FC Dallas also had a few opportunities late in the first half, but keeper Samuel Johnstone and the United defense sent FC Dallas into the locker room down 1-0 at the half.

Keane's twin brother Michael added a header off a corner kick in the 52nd minute to cushion the lead for the Red Devils.

Danny Garcia almost shortened the gap in the 61st minute, but his strike from 10 yards with an open net went just wide right.

He had another another hard shot on goal in the 75th minute, but it was saved by Johnstone.

The Red Devils had a couple more opportunities late to add a third goal but couldn't capitalize. With goal differential as a factor in the same group as Tigres, who beat FC Dallas 5-0 in last year's Dallas Cup, United needs all the goals they can get.

"We're always looking to keep a clean sheet and score as many goals as we can," Will said. "We don't want to score a few goals and wrap up a game. We want to score more and more."

United brought just 13 players to Dallas, which may be a factor for a team that has to play just 15 hours after their win over FC Dallas.

"You could see after the game we did a lot of cool-downs," Will said. "After that we start preparing for the next game."

The Red Devils take on Santa Clara Sporting, a late entry, at 2 p.m. Monday on Field 7.

FC Dallas Academy plays Tigres at 4 p.m. Monday at Richland College Field 10.

Notes:

Yellow cards: FC Dallas 1 (Danny Garcia, 22nd) - Manchester United 1 (Ryan Tunnicliffe, 78th)

2012 Dallas Cup Day One Scores:

Dallas Texan USSF U17/18 Academy - 3
Eintracht Frankfurt - 1

Club Bolivar - 1
Kashiwa Reysol - 1

Everton FC - 1
Coritiba FC - 0

Selección Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain - 1

Manchester United - 2
FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy - 0

Teams visit hospitals, schools before Dallas Cup

March, 29, 2012
3/29/12
8:29
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Academy and youth players spend countless hours learning the art of soccer. But before they hit the pitch for the 2012 Dallas Cup, footballers from international teams around the globe will get to teach a little.

Players from Manchester United U-19, the Mexican U-20 National Team, Bolivia's Club Bolivar and China's Beijing Sangao FC will visit local hospitals and schools to talk to kids about their experiences and show off some of their skills April 3.

Manchester United will visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and the Mexican U-20 squad will stop at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas playroom to teach a few soccer lessons before visiting patients.

Club Bolivar and Beijing Sangao FC will spend time at Frisco High School and Liberty High School to talk with students their age about their experiences travelling and playing soccer.

The Super Group, the highest division, kicks off with Everton FC and Coritiba FC on Sunday at 1 p.m.

GORDON JAGO SUPER GROUP BRACKETS

BRACKET 1

Manchester United FC: The Reds' reserves come to Dallas for the first time since 2006. They currently lead the Barclays Premier Reserve League in England.

Club Sport Cartagines: C.S. Cartagines looks to reverse its luck after going winless in three games at last year's Dallas Cup.

Tigres: The 2011 Dallas Cup co-champions return from Mexico looking for an outright victory after bad weather forced a draw with Eintracht Frankfurt last year.

FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy: The FC Dallas Academy lands in the same bracket as the Tigres team that beat them 5-0 in a semifinal last season. Eduardo Cortes returns between the posts looking to avenge the loss. They are dominating the Texas Division with a 15-1-1 record.

BRACKET 2

Paris St. Germain F.C.: PSG showed they have plenty of talent in their development system when they became the first squad to win the U-19 and U-17 French championship in the same year in 2011.

Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20: El Tri's U-20 side showed a lot of promise when they finished third in the FIFA U-20 World Cup last year.

Eintracht Frankfurt: The reigning Dallas Cup co-champions from Germany are also looking for an outright championship after last year's draw.

Dallas Texan USSF U17/18 Academy: The only local squad to win the super group since the format started in 1990, the Dallas Texan currently sit fourth in the Texas division.

BRACKET 3

Everton Football Club: The English Premier Academy League champions come to Dallas for the first time since 1999 looking to show up their fellow Englishmen at Manchester United. Many of the two squads' players saw each other Tuesday when United downed the Blue Boys, 4-1.

Coritiba FC: The boys from Brazil are looking to continue the country's history of Dallas Cup championships. Since the Super Group began in 1990, Brazilian outfits have won 10 of the 22 championships.

Club Bolivar: Coming to Dallas for the second straight year, Club Bolivar trained in Miami briefly before showing up in Dallas. They bring promising young forward Miguel Suárez, who arrived late after spending time with the first team.

Kashiwa Reysol: Japan's best club team sends their academy to Dallas to try to become the first Japanese team to reach the semifinals in the Super Group.

Dallas Cup announces stadium games

February, 15, 2012
2/15/12
10:31
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Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII will kick off at FC Dallas Stadium on April 1 with a showcase tripleheader featuring six teams from five countries. FC Dallas will take on Manchester United on Opening Day.

The action gets started at 1:30 p.m. as 2011 English Premier Academy League champions Everton FC faces 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semifinalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC.

The second game features French Academy League champions Paris Saint-Germain against Mexico's U-20 national squad at 3:30 p.m. The 33rd Annual Welcome World Opening Ceremonies featuring all teams from all age groups will start at 6 p.m. setting the stage for a blockbuster final game.

2011 FA Youth Cup Champions and English powerhouse Manchester United will battle FC Dallas, the 2011 US Soccer Development Academy runners up and No. 1 rated club in the country, according to the recent U.S. Soccer evaluations.

The traditional Wednesday night matchups on April 4 will feature last year’s co-champions, Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, against Mexico's U-20 at 6:30 p.m.. FC Dallas sister club UANL Tigres of Mexico goes up against Manchester United at 8:30 p.m.

Championship weekend will kick off on Friday, April 6 with the Gordon Jago Super Group semifinals taking place at 6 and 8 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday will see the championship games of all age groups taking place on the stadium field.

Tickets for all stadium games are on sale now! Adult Value Pack $55.00 ($75.00 Value), Youth Value Pack $20.00 ($25.00 Value). Opening Day - Adult Tickets are $15 each and Opening Day –Youth Tickets are $5 each. Games will be played all week, free of charge, at FC Dallas Stadium complex and Richland College complex, but entry into all stadium games requires a ticket. Get the latest information about Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII, teams, schedules and more at www.dallascup.com.

The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII April 1-8th, FC Dallas Stadium Super Group games are as follows:
Five Days at the Stadium-14 Great Games

Sunday - April 1st
1:30PM Everton vs. Cortiba FC
3:30PM Paris St. German vs. Mexico U20s
7:30PM Manchester United FC vs. FC Dallas Academy

Wednesday – April 4th
6:30PM Mexico U20s VS. Eintracht Frankfurt
8:30PM Manchester United FC vs. Tigres

Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Friday, 6 April
6:00pm Super Group Semi Final
8:00pm Super Group Semi Final

Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Saturday, 7 April
12:00pm Under 13 Championship Match
2:00pm Under 14 Championship Match
4:00pm Under 15 Championship Match

Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Sunday, 8 April
10:00am Under 16 Championship Match
12:30pm Under 17 Championship Match
3:00pm Under 19 Championship Match
6:00pm Super Group Championship Match

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. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII kicks off at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, April 1st, 2012 with the championship games taking place April 7 and 8.

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