USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos explains how he plans to use the Dallas Cup for scouting purposes. The 35th edition of the Dallas Cup kicked off on Sunday with the USMNT U-20s opening their schedule with wins over River Plate and Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth teams in the U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group.
“One of the things I really like about participating in the Dallas Cup is we have the opportunity to compete against international teams, Ramos said. “So I think the players who are coming in will have that opportunity and I think they enjoy being able to play against teams from other countries. We tried to call the best team we could, only because we just don’t have that many opportunities to do it throughout the year. That’s what has gone into our planning. Next month, we have another camp in which we’re only inviting college players. In this one in particular we just tried to invite the best players that we had available.”
The Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group has three brackets with the USMNT U-20s in Bracket C. The group winners and a wildcard advance to the semifinals on April 18 with the final scheduled for April 20. The Cotton Bowl hosts the semifinals and the final. The US played its opener and the final group stage game on Wednesday against Tigres at the Cotton Bowl.