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Teams visit hospitals, schools before Dallas Cup

Academy and youth players spend countless hours learning the art of soccer. But before they hit the pitch for the 2012 Dallas Cup, footballers from international teams around the globe will get to teach a little.

Players from Manchester United U-19, the Mexican U-20 National Team, Bolivia's Club Bolivar and China's Beijing Sangao FC will visit local hospitals and schools to talk to kids about their experiences and show off some of their skills April 3.

Manchester United will visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and the Mexican U-20 squad will stop at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas playroom to teach a few soccer lessons before visiting patients.

Club Bolivar and Beijing Sangao FC will spend time at Frisco High School and Liberty High School to talk with students their age about their experiences travelling and playing soccer.

The Super Group, the highest division, kicks off with Everton FC and Coritiba FC on Sunday at 1 p.m.

GORDON JAGO SUPER GROUP BRACKETS

BRACKET 1

Manchester United FC: The Reds' reserves come to Dallas for the first time since 2006. They currently lead the Barclays Premier Reserve League in England.

Club Sport Cartagines: C.S. Cartagines looks to reverse its luck after going winless in three games at last year's Dallas Cup.

Tigres: The 2011 Dallas Cup co-champions return from Mexico looking for an outright victory after bad weather forced a draw with Eintracht Frankfurt last year.

FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy: The FC Dallas Academy lands in the same bracket as the Tigres team that beat them 5-0 in a semifinal last season. Eduardo Cortes returns between the posts looking to avenge the loss. They are dominating the Texas Division with a 15-1-1 record.

BRACKET 2

Paris St. Germain F.C.: PSG showed they have plenty of talent in their development system when they became the first squad to win the U-19 and U-17 French championship in the same year in 2011.

Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20: El Tri's U-20 side showed a lot of promise when they finished third in the FIFA U-20 World Cup last year.

Eintracht Frankfurt: The reigning Dallas Cup co-champions from Germany are also looking for an outright championship after last year's draw.

Dallas Texan USSF U17/18 Academy: The only local squad to win the super group since the format started in 1990, the Dallas Texan currently sit fourth in the Texas division.

BRACKET 3

Everton Football Club: The English Premier Academy League champions come to Dallas for the first time since 1999 looking to show up their fellow Englishmen at Manchester United. Many of the two squads' players saw each other Tuesday when United downed the Blue Boys, 4-1.

Coritiba FC: The boys from Brazil are looking to continue the country's history of Dallas Cup championships. Since the Super Group began in 1990, Brazilian outfits have won 10 of the 22 championships.

Club Bolivar: Coming to Dallas for the second straight year, Club Bolivar trained in Miami briefly before showing up in Dallas. They bring promising young forward Miguel Suárez, who arrived late after spending time with the first team.

Kashiwa Reysol: Japan's best club team sends their academy to Dallas to try to become the first Japanese team to reach the semifinals in the Super Group.