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Club, 3. April 2024

A successful trip all round

The VfB U15 team returned from the Dallas Cup with new experiences, friendships and a trophy in their luggage.

From 22 March to 1 April, the VfB U15s spent 10 days in the large Texan city of Dallas, where they took part in the Dallas Cup. In the renowned international youth tournament, the boys from Cannstatt played six games against American and one Mexican opponent, winning all six by a commanding aggregate score of 29-5 and deservedly claiming the trophy.

“The week was a big test for us,” summarised U15 coach Lukas Liber. “The playing style and mentality in America are quite different compared to Europe. It was very interesting to play against these teams, but the boys adapted to the conditions really well and managed to carry their playing style onto the pitch. We’re glad this was also crowned by success.” VfB beat Solar SC, a big youth club in Dallas, 4-2 in the final and secured the gold cup for VfB in the club’s first participation in the tournament.

The trip to Texas was also a valuable experience for the youngsters off the pitch. The players stayed with host families the whole time, giving them direct contact with the American people and culture and allowing them to practise their English in real life as well as form several friendships. “The boys have developed wonderfully over these past days,” added Liber. “There’s a great intercultural exchange. Being on their own in a foreign country and being independent to an extent has given the boys a lot.”

In addition, cultural and educational activities were also on the schedule. At a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas city centre, the boys learned a lot about the work and death of US President John F. Kennedy, and came face to face with a piece of world history in the place where it happened. The group also spent a day at the Episcopal School of Dallas to get to know the American school system. As well as taking part in classes, they also played in the school's annual dodgeball tournament and a training match against the school team.

So, the Dallas trip was not just a sporting adventure for the U15s but also a cultural and educational one, with many valuable experiences, new friendships – and an excellent tournament win to boot. “The summary is thoroughly good,” said Liber. “I’m sure that one or two of the players would like to come back to the USA.”

24.3., Group stage: VfB Stuttgart - RISE Soccer Academy 6-0
27.3., Group stage: VfB Stuttgart San Pedro 7-10 FC 5:0
28.3., Group stage: VfB Stuttgart - Avanti Soccer Academy 2:1
29.3., Quarter-final: VfB Stuttgart - DKSC D´Feeters Kicks Soccer Club 7:1
29.3., Semi-final: VfB Stuttgart - Dallas Texans 5:1
30.3., Final: VfB Stuttgart - Solar SC 4:2
Photos from Dallas Cup