PFSA'95 BOYS AND WORLD COMPETE AT DALLAS CUP

4/13/12 -The Penn Fusion ’95 Boys team was one of 180 teams selected from over 30 countries such as Brazil, England, Germany, France, China, Japan, Mexico and the USA to compete at the XXXIII Dallas Cup on April 1st - 9th. Upon arriving at the hotel it was evident from the very start that this was a much different tournament than the team had ever played in. The electric vibe that permeated the lobby was contagious. Conversations in German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese all had a common element ... a smile on everyone’s face. It was obvious that this was going to be a great experience. Click (+) for more.

4/13/12 - The Penn Fusion ’95 Boys team was one of 180 teams selected from over 30 countries such as Brazil, England, Germany, France, China, Japan, Mexico and the USA to compete at the XXXIII Dallas Cup on April 1st - 9th. Upon arriving at the hotel it was evident from the very start that this was a much different tournament than the team had ever played in. The electric vibe that permeated the lobby was contagious. Conversations in German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese all had a common element ... a smile on everyone’s face. It was obvious that this was going to be a great experience.

The PFSA95 Boys U16 bracket consisted of FC Golden State (CA), Odyssey Blue (TX), and Torreon (MX). The  opening  game against FC Golden was a great game with end to end action. There were some quality opportunities and goalkeeping on both teams but it was Golden State who found the back of the net with a late goal. Despite pressing hard in the final minutes the boys suffered a 1-0 defeat to a quality side. The team’s performance improved consistently during the week and ended very positively with a resounding win over CD Torreon (Mexico) 8-1 with braces from Evan Dwyer, John Roos, and Matt Greer and singles from Joe Hansen and Kris Gross. The boys ended up second in their bracket to FC Golden State who ended up a finalist in the U16 age group.
 
Apart from their own competition, the team had the pleasure to watch Gordon Jago Super group matches such as Manchester United vs FC Dallas, Cortiba FC (Brazil) vs Club Bolivar (Bolivia) and Everton FC vs Kashiwa Reysol (Japan). Sideline seats to these games gave the boys an up close look at some of the best U19 players in the world. The different style of play between countries, teams and individual players was very educational and inspirational.
 
Congratulations to the Penn Fusion 95 Boys team on representing Penn Fusion SA well on and off the field.  Congratulations should also be given to the Dallas Cup organizing committee.  From registration, through opening ceremonies and even through two tornados that hit Dallas Tuesday night the tournament ran flawlessly. The pitches were spectacular, competition was great, and the quality of the referees was nothing short of outstanding.  It was truly a pleasure to experience for player, coach, and fan.
 

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