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Gordon Jago Stepping Down as Dallas Cup Executive Director

It's with some sadness that I report that Gordon Jago is stepping down as Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup Executive director after nearly a decade in charge of the internationally known youth tournament. Gordon has been a great friend and mentor to me and Dallas Cup won't quite be the same without him, but I'm happy for him to have more time to spend with his loved ones rather than sitting in an office trying to convince a major world soccer power to come to the tournament. He will be with the tournament through the 33rd edition, coming up the 1st week of April 2012, but will be stepping down after that.

Jump for the full press release with quotes from Gordon and Dallas Cup Board President Sam Walsh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 16, 2011

Gordon Jago Stepping Down as Dallas Cup Executive Director

After nine years as Executive Director of Dallas Cup Inc., Gordon Jago former head coach of the Dallas Sidekicks will end his role as of June 1st, 2012

"It has been a truly marvelous and rewarding nine years, but now is the right time for a new person to take over the leadership of the Dallas Cup," said Gordon. "By making the decision now, it gives the Board of Directors the opportunity to select the incoming Executive Director and for the incoming Director to work with the staff and myself through Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII next April."

In Gordon’s time as Executive Director, the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup has grown exponentially in prestige and competitiveness. Some of the biggest names in soccer including Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Liverpool as well as the U-20 programs of both the United States and Mexico have come to north Texas in the past nine years while the Dallas Is Diversity and homestay programs have changed thousands of lives.

"Gordon Jago's contributions to Dallas Cup are immeasurable. Under his leadership, the tournament has become the perfect blend of unparalleled competitiveness and sportsmanship in the world of international youth soccer," said Dallas Cup Board President Sam Wash. "We are forever indebted to Gordon for his tireless devotion to youth soccer, and we are excited that he has agreed to stay on in an advisory role to facilitate a smooth transition."

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce the teams competing in the Gordon Jago Super Group and the opening day tripleheader schedule. The 33rd edition of Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup takes place at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX from April 1 – April 8, 2012.

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.