Someone in the FCD Juniors program is doing some tremendous work. I admit going in I don't know a ton about the AEGON Future Cup, but take a look at the list of the teams involved. Ajax, Barcalona, Liverpool, China U17s, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Anderlecht. That's a staggering list of clout and world wide brands. Now FC Dallas is in that list of names.
FC Dallas is sending a mix team from the U16 and U18 juniors teams, including Emerson Hyndman the 14 year old grandson of FCD's head coach. There's a quick interview with FCD juniors coach Oscar Pareja on the FCD website. He mentions a couple players to keep an eye on, including Danny Garcia and Jonathan Top.
You can check out some of the FCD Juniors teams in the Dallas Cup with a U18, U15, and U14 taking the field.
FC DALLAS JUNIORS ONE OF EIGHT TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD INVITED TO AEGON FUTURE CUP
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, March 29, 2010) – The FC Dallas Juniors will travel to the Netherlands Wednesday, March 31, as one of eight teams from around the world invited to the prestigious AEGON Future Cup slated for April 3-5 at AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.
FC Dallas is the only North American team competing in the prestigious tournament, joined by squads from AFC AJAX (Netherlands), FC Barcelona (Spain), Liverpool FC (England), China U-17 (China), FC Bayern Munich (Germany), AC Milan (Italy) and RSC Anderlecht (Belgium).
Ajax invited an MLS club to represent the United States in its elite tournament field, and MLS chose FC Dallas based on their exceptional performance in the US Soccer Development Academy and current position in first place within their division.
“We are honored to have been invited to participate in the Aegon Future Cup this year,” said Chris Hayden, FC Dallas Youth Director of Coaching. “MLS decided to extend the opportunity to FC Dallas based on the quality of our team and the style of play that we bring to the field. This tournament will expose our young players to high level competition on an international stage and will provide our team a tremendous developmental experience.”
The FC Dallas Juniors will open group play against Belgium squad RSC Andelecht on Saturday, April 3. The following day, they will finish up against group opponents when they face AC Milan and FC Bayern Munich. After group matches, points will determine which teams will be matched up on the final day of the tournament.
The FC Dallas squad that is traveling to the AEGON Future Cup tournament is comprised of a mix of players from both the U-16 and U-18 teams. Hayden, Director of Academy Player Development Chris Clarke and Director of Player Development Oscar Pareja will travel with the 19-player squad to the Netherlands. Former FC Dallas Professional Player Bobby Rhine and Director of Youth Soccer Business Katie Solomon Edgar will also travel with the team to further advance the FC Dallas International Business and Affiliate Program.
FC Dallas Juniors Roster:
Caleb Underwood, Eduardo Cortes, Mark Ashby, Nicholas Rochowski, Alex Frankenfeld, Michael Ambrose, Christian Garcia, Ryan Ward, Flavio Guzman, Jose Gamino, Danny Garcia, Jack Coleman, Kevin Machado, Marco Carrizales, Emerson Hyndman, Boyd Okuono, Alfred Koroma, Jairo Villalta, Jonathan Top