Lost in the shuffle yesterday was this little nugget of news from the Dallas Cup offices. FC Dallas Youth and the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup have announced that FC Dallas Youth will become the new Host Club of the prestigious international youth soccer tournament as part of a multi-year agreement. As Host Club, FC Dallas Youth will provide the tournament with the core of its volunteer base.
In all, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed each year during tournament week to ensure its smooth operation.
"FC Dallas has one of the preeminent youth academies in the nation and the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is thrilled to partner with them to supply the tournament with a strong volunteer base," said Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Executive Director, Andy Swift in an issued press release. "Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the tournament, and thanks to their famous Texas hospitality, the Dallas Cup has been able to provide its participants the best and most unique tournament experience possible for 35 years. We look forward to working with FC Dallas and the families of their numerous teams to ensure we carry on with that tradition."
FC Dallas becomes just the third Host Club in the tournament's history, which was founded by the original Host Club, Texas Longhorns SC, in 1980. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV will run from April 13th through April 20th, 2014. Games will be played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Classic League Soccer Complex at Richland College, and the new Elm Fork Athletic Complex in Northwest Dallas.