Tampa and Dallas Trip 2016

Liverpool FC Foundation College has just returned from a highly successful Dallas Cup tournament with the team earning rave reviews for their performances on the pitch.

The Dallas Cup is one of the most prestigious international tournaments in youth football and the young Reds gave a very good account of themselves as they reached the semi-finals.

The USA tour is designed to offer students a life-changing opportunity to experience competitive tournament football in another country, compete against teams from around the world, sample different cultures, meet new people and explore options of USA scholarships.

The U19s put Texas-based team Raydis Waller to the sword, 8-1 with top goalscorer Elliot Nevitt netting four goals and John McGrath, Aarron Pomeyie and Michael Chojnicki also on the mark.

However, there was frustration for the U17 team as, despite a brave effort, they bowed out after losing to eventual winners New York SC.

The U19s continued to shine as they beat Houston Dynamos in the quarter-final at Moneygram Park thanks to a brace from captain Michael Muscat, but there was no time for a rest as they were edged out the following day in the semi-finals at the hands of California Rush.

After tough opening encounters, there was joy for the U17s and U19s in their second game.

A late goal from Sammi Adeniran gave the U19s a 1-0 win over TSF Academy (New Jersey), while the U17s turned on the style as they beat Kansas Rush 5-1 with Sean Wilson scoring a hat-trick, and Luke Patterson and Scott McCarthy also on the mark.

The pressure was then on in the final group games with victories needed to see both teams progress.

Reflecting on a very successful trip, Andrea Cooper, Head of Liverpool FC Foundation said: "We are pleased to be able to offer young people fantastic opportunities such as taking part in the Dallas Cup. Experiences like this are designed to stimulate and motivate students and prepare them for life ahead."