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Everton FC Coming to Dallas Cup XXXIII

It's getting to be that time of year again where we announce the Gordon Jago Super Group teams for Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII. We're proud to announce the first Super Group team will be Premier League U18 Academy Champions Everton FC from Liverpool, England.

The Blues won their first Premier Academy League championship in 2011, defeating Fulham FC 2-1 in the final to book their first ever appearance in the Super Group. Everton is making their first trip to Dallas Cup for any age group since 1999 when the Blues and some guy named Wayne Rooney played in the prestigious tournament.

Stay tuned as we announce more teams from this year's Gordon Jago Super Group. With Nike as a sponsor, we were able to have teams like Barcelona, Corinthians and Arsenal here last year and next week we will announce some huge names coming to DC33. I can't reveal them but I will reveal that we have a Champions League winner and Copa Libertadores winner coming to this year's addition.

Full press release after the jump

Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago is pleased to announce English Premier League Academy champions Everton FC as the first member of the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII Super Group. Everton will be making their first trip to Dallas Cup since 1999 and continue the tournament tradition of inviting the English Premier League Academy champions to the prestigious tournament.

"We are really pleased to have Everton back at the Dallas Cup in the Super Group for 2012. When last here in 1999 in our Under 14 group there was a young lad by the name of Wayne Rooney in the squad," said Tournament Manager Randy Jones. "Who knows what we will see in the Super Group squad next April but I know one thing for sure, there will be some outstanding ‘Everton Football’ played on the fields at the Dallas Cup."

About Everton FC: Founded in 1878, The Everton Football Club home ground resides at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Known as the Toffees, Everton are the famous city rivals of Liverpool. Their academy has produced Premier League stars like Wayne Rooney, Richard Dunne, Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman. They are well known in the United States for being the long-time club of US Men’s National Team starting goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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.

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If interested in sponsorship opportunities with "Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII" or the "Dallas Is Diversity Program" please contact Executive Director Gordon Jago at the Dallas Cup office via phone at 214.221.3636 or via email (