Dallas International Girls Cup 2014

Esselle Sports Management, in partnership with Premier International Tours, from the US, had the privilege in assisting three Girls Football Clubs, and a total of 5 teams, from the UK attend the Dallas International Girls Cup, the most competitive international girls tournament in the USA, with teams from all over the globe competing in this event.

First timers to this competition, Blackburn Rovers, from Lancashire, brought two age groups with them, the Under 14’s and Under 16’s, in hope of winning the tournament and to add experience to both squads.

Preston North End, another team from Lancashire, with past experience from this tournament having taken part in 2012 and 2013, returned to Dallas for the third consecutive year in hope of their Girls Under 16’s team lifting the Cup.

Our 3rd Club Millwall Lionesses, from the South-East of London, were represented by their Under 14’s and 16’s squads, and being as how it was the squads first visit to the States, were eager to start and prove their worth in the tournament.

Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers were met at Manchester Airport and Millwall at Heathrow, by Esselle Sports Management representatives and assisted through check-in and sent through to departures to begin their journey to Dallas. Upon arrival, Premier International Tours staff were on site to welcome and assist all the teams through arrival and guide them to their accommodations, with the players being hosted by locally based football players in groups of twos and threes, and family members and staff being based in the nearby Omni hotel.

Once settled down and accustomed to the surrounding the teams were invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, involving each countries National Anthem, guest appearances from renowned soccer coaches making speeches, and of course, spectacular entertainment.

Over the next three days, all three clubs competed in the groups stages, involving some fantastic results, especially from Blackburn Rovers Under 16s producing a 9-0 win over one of their opponents.

Millwall U16s and Blackburn Rovers U16s both finished second in their groups, with Blackburn progressing as one of the 3 best 2nd place finishers, and Millwall missing out on goal difference, whilst despite their best efforts Preston North End narrowly missed out on a finals spot, finishing third in their group. Unfortunately none of the clubs’ U14s were able to progress past the group stages. None the less they will have gained experience and great memories in partaking in such a respectable tournament.

Blackburn Rovers, attending the event for the first time, won their way to the U16’s Final, but sadly were beaten 4-0 by a very impressive team from New Jersey.

Esselle Sports would like to congratulate each team who took part in this challenging tournament and look forwards to working with them again in the future.

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