Truro College football players have recently returned from a trip to the USA, having just missed out on reaching the final of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup. The prestigious competition which attracts over 180 teams each year is the largest youth tournament in the world.
Having beaten the Dallas Texans 2-1 in their opening group fixture, the college students then picked up a draw against Sereno 99 Boys from Arizona. A 4-1 victory in their final group match against FC Dallas Youth saw them through to the quarter finals for the first time.
California based team Folsom SC Force were the opposition, but two goals apiece from Marcello Jones and Olli Walker resulted in a convincing 4-1 victory. A semi-final the following day was always going to be tough, particularly with a mid-day kick off in the Dallas heat. Despite the conditions, Truro put in a brave performance and almost won the game in normal time when Marcello Jones’ shot hit the post with five minutes left to play.
However, with the game finally balanced at 1-1 and with only six minutes of extra time remaining, their opponents Knowsley Youth snatched a late winner to break Cornish hearts.
Despite the disappointment of not reaching the final, the trip was a great success. The students enjoyed a three day sight-seeing trip to New York en route, experiencing the views from the Empire State Building, as well as visiting Times Square, The Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 memorial.
Gary Pascoe, Football Development Manager at Truro College said of the trip: "Dallas Cup was a resounding success both on and off the field. To reach the semi-finals of such a prestigious tournament against some of the best youth team players from around the world is a fantastic achievement. Several players caught the eye of American University scouts and some have already been in contact regarding the possibility of offering scholarships in the near future.”
He continued: “This trip always provides an invaluable culture experience for the students. Many will make life-long friends and return with a broader outlook on both sport and life."
Whilst in Dallas, they stayed with host families as part of the Dallas Cup Homestay Programme. The homestay programme is a great opportunity for the boys to experience American culture and lifestyle first hand. The trip is about much more than just the football and in many cases the boys make lifelong friends.
Three of the players’ performances have also attracted interest from several Universities in the US. Coaches from Universities in Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have all been in contact with the possibility of offering scholarships in September.