The beginning of spring brings with it several momentous events and observances, but most noteworthy in the youth soccer world is the largest and most prestigious international youth tournament in the United States: Dallas Cup.
This weekend, two San Jose Earthquakes teams are flying to Dallas to represent the club in Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXIII. The teams will compete in the U14 and U15 age groups and are comprised of core players from the U14 and U16 Academy teams as well as Pre-Academy players from throughout Northern California. The elite field of teams in the U14 and U15 age groups will travel from Mexico, Germany, Venezuela, Costa Rica and England as well as the top teams from throughout the United States.
“The opportunity for our young players to test themselves against top international and national competition will be a great experience,” said Chris Lietch, Earthquakes Academy Technical Director. “This is one of the top youth tournaments in the world and we’re excited for our teams to compete.”
The U14 Academy team will face Leon Independiente (MEX), New Mexico Nike Rush (USA) and Solar FC Chelsea (USA) in group play. The U15’s square off against Tigres (MEX), Chicago Fire Academy (USA), and Irving Elite FC (USA). Teams must win their group to advance to the knockout rounds.
“We are in final preparations this week. The U15’s had their last scrimmage Wednesday night and the U14’s have theirs on Thursday night. We’re ready to go,” said head coach Jeff Jenkins.
U15 Schedule and Roster
Mon. April 2 at 6 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Irving Elite FC at Richland College Field #9
Tue. April 3 at 10 a.m. - Chicago Fire Youth Academy vs. San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas Park Field #7
Wed. April 4 at 10 a.m. - Tigres vs. San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas Park Field #6
Chase Andrade - Danny Basulto - Edgar Benitez - Nick Brown - Cody Buchanan - Chris Castro - Leo Gonzalez - Sam Junqua - Justin Moreno - Matt Murrer - Noah Paravicini - Zack Penner - Shane Penner - Nico Perez - Remi Prieur - Cole Souza - Zack Virgilio
U14 Schedule and Roster
Mon. April 2 at 2 p.m. - Leon Independiente vs. San Jose Earthquakes Academy at Richland College Field #7
Tue. April 3 at 12 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes Academy vs. New Mexico Rush Nike at FC Dallas Park Field #12
Wed. April 4 at 6 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes Academy vs. Solar Chelsea U13 Pre-Academy at FC Dallas Park Field #9
Rory Birse - Davis Bullock - Kobe Carr - Aaron Cortes - Oisin Coveney - Radwan Hamwi - Philip Hausen - Miles Jones - MK Korpontinos - Nils Langstrom - Malcolm McClellan - Rhys Pak - Jacob Penner - Joe Penney - Rodrigo Reyes - Cole Rothman - Diego Silvas - Clay Silvas