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Richland welcomes the world

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup features international soccer teams

By Blanca Reyes
On April 22, 2014

  • Brazil’s Fluminense Football Club, left, competes against Belgium’s RSC Anderbect at the Dallas Cup at Richland soccer fields last week. Staff photo Veronica Jacob

Richland College once again hosted the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup soccer tournament last week, with teams from all around the world competing.
According to local soccer official Brandon Gardner, this year the tournament involved more than 200 teams, not only featuring international players, but international officials as well.
Gardner said there were referees from Japan, South America, Europe and Africa. Although each country has its own refereeing style, the officials worked hard to make it as fair as possible for all teams.

"The Dallas Soccer Cup is spectacular," Sean Worley, men's soccer coach, said. "It is the best tournament in the country."
In addition to the international teams, the tournament featured several teams from the United States.
"It has been great," said Shelly Licon, whose son plays for the Santa Clara Sporting Club.
At press time, the eight best teams in the tournament were fighting for the right to play for the cup. The final was scheduled to be played at the Cotton Bowl on Sunday.
Richland soccer coaches attended the games to scout players for the college team.

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