The Dallas Cup is “… the top international youth soccer tournament in the U.S. and one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the world,” according to Dallas Cup Executive Director, Andy Swift. It’s been around 34 years, kickstarting the careers of soccer greats like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Mexico’s most popular player, Chicharito.
During this year’s eight-day Dallas Cup Tournament, 180 international teams, with players ages 13 – 19, compete in front of an estimated 160,000 spectators. Much of the focus will be on the “Gordon Jago Super Groups.”
The Super Groups are to international soccer clubs what Triple-A Minor League Baseball is to the Major Leagues. Legendary soccer clubs such as Manchester United, Club America (Mexico) and Fluminese (Brazil) develop their future teams from the Super Groups.
It’s one reason Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has partnered with the Dallas Cup to broadcast nine matches between the Super Groups starting March 24 and ending March 31 with the championship. The matches will be televised live in HD from the famed Cotton Bowl in Dallas. “Our customers will be able to see the soccer stars of tomorrow, explains Kurt Wallace, Programming Manager for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. “Youth soccer is important to us because many of our customers have children who participate in youth soccer.”
The Super Group matches can be seen in markets where Time Warner Cable has regional SportsChannels, including Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri and Southern California. However, eight of the nine games will air live, nationally on Time Warner Cable Deportes. The remaining championship matches for the other six age groups will be televised, tape delay, only in Texas.