Everybody at Liverpool County FA would like to wish Knowsley Youth Under-19 the best of luck this week, as the team heads to Dallas, Texas, to participate in the 2018 Dallas Cup.
Now into its 39th year, the Dallas Cup is a prestigious international youth football tournament, which is held each year over the Easter holidays and attracts the best youth football teams from all over the world. In the past, teams representing Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and, closer to home, Everton and Liverpool, have all been involved in the competition.
2018 is the 28th consecutive year that Knowsley has sent a representative side to the tournament, with Lee Trundle (former Swansea City striker), Carl Baker (Coventry City midfielder) and Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers winger) all former Knowsley players that have played in the competition over the years.
The 18-man Knowlsey squad that has been selected have gone through a series of trial games ahead of the Dallas Cup, in addition to training sessions and friendlies during a process that started back in September last year. The tournament offers local young talent an opportunity to not only play against the biggest teams in the world, but also offer a cultural experience of a lifetime where there is a chance of being scouted by college coaches with offers of scholarships at US schools available.
The Dallas Cup experience also offers coaching opportunities. Scott Parkinson, who played for Knowsley in the 2005 Dallas Cup, is now assistant head coach of the American WSL side Utah Royals, who are managed by former Arsenal Ladies head coach, Laura Harvey.
To follow the team’s progress and for daily updates, including details for next year’s trials, follow @KnowsleyYouth on Twitter.