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Manchester City Academy Faces AC Milan

Following the FA Youth Cup victory last April, Manchester City's world-renowned academy has been invited to one of the top youth competitions in the world, the Dallas Tournament in Texas.

City will follow their U19 Super Group bracket A opener against AC Milan with difficult games against Canada's Toronto and Mexico's Tigres. The City starlets will play a total five games and if they reach the final, they can expect to play in front of a bumper crowd of 20,000.

Manchester City academy manager Jim Cassell said: 'It's an honour for us to be invited to such a prestigious tournament. The age group is Under-19 but we'll take a younger squad to give them experience. It will help to educate the younger ones about playing against foreign opposition.'

The City contingent will return home eight days before their FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg at Arsenal, where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

Last year England was represented by Leicester and Liverpool, the latter managing to win, beating Tigres 3-0 in the final. Liverpool are joined by Nottingham Forest and West Ham United as former winners.

The Dallas Cup Super Group has also featured some of world football's top stars in the early stages of their careers. The likes of Freddy Adu, David Beckham, Michael Carrick, Landon Donovan, Rafael Marquez, Michael Owen, Raul, and Wayne Rooney are all past participants.

Squad to travel: Abdi Ibrahim, James Poole, Jeremy Helan, Andrew Mitchell, John Guidetti, Joe Clegg, Tobias Johansen, Reece Wabara, Andrew Tutte, Robbie Mak, Alex Nimely-Tchineni, Greg Cunningham, Chris Chantler, Ahmad Benali, Jack Redshaw, Sean Tse, Dedryk Boyata, Omar Elabdellaoui.



Groups:

Bracket A

AC Milan (Italy)

Tigres (Mexico)

Manchester City FC (England)

Toronto FC Academy (Canada)

Bracket B

Sao Paulo FC (Brazil)

Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

Dallas Texans Red (N-TX)

Bracket C

Club Atletico River Plate (Argentina)

Vancouver Whitecaps (Canada)

Club Futbol Monterrey (Mexico)

Andromeda U18 Academy


More information on the tournament is available at http://www.dallascup.com/




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Date:Wednesday April 1 2009

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

Recognition at last, well done to Jim Cassell and all his staff, for contunally producing players who will earn a living from football.
Buzz Lightyear
Recognition at last, well done to Jim Cassell and all his staff, for contunally producing players who will earn a living from football.
Buzz Lightyear
Play up Junior Blues!
kennyclementstache
Play up Junior Blues!
kennyclementstache
Good luck guys I know you will do us proud.....
Doody
Good luck guys I know you will do us proud.....
Doody
aye good luck lads and bring home yet another trophy.
bluemooner_mcfc
aye good luck lads and bring home yet another trophy.
bluemooner_mcfc
Well, here's hoping we kick AC Milan in the ballistics thern. Of course if our youth team win it won't change anything - we'll still be ruining football!
fifthcolumnblue
Well, here's hoping we kick AC Milan in the ballistics thern. Of course if our youth team win it won't change anything - we'll still be ruining football!
fifthcolumnblue
A great experience for the young lads and should put them in fine fettle for the return game against the Gooners.
alphieblues
A great experience for the young lads and should put them in fine fettle for the return game against the Gooners.
alphieblues
I agree Alphie, they should come back stonger both physically and mentally for the experience. I hope the second leg in the FA Youth cup they can make up the deposit and go onto win back to back cups.The fact that the youth team have been there in the final stages of the youth cup in consecutive years also is a finger to those who say that City are ruining football.
Buzz Lightyear
I agree Alphie, they should come back stonger both physically and mentally for the experience. I hope the second leg in the FA Youth cup they can make up the deposit and go onto win back to back cups.The fact that the youth team have been there in the final stages of the youth cup in consecutive years also is a finger to those who say that City are ruining football.
Buzz Lightyear
This is a great opportunity for our young guns to show how good they are . . . . . Good luck lads.
Thaibluefan
This is a great opportunity for our young guns to show how good they are . . . . . Good luck lads.
Thaibluefan
 

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