May 13, 2014
DERBY DAYS ARE AHEAD
Dallas/Fort Worth ready for Trinity River Cup battles
FORT WORTH - The natural, occasionally heated, and well-established civic rivalry between Dallas and Fort Worth has added a new component with the introduction of the Trinity River Cup.
The two local National Premier Soccer League clubs, the Fort Worth Vaqueros and Dallas City FC, will take part in a two-leg, non-league series, with the winner of the derby taking home the Cup.
The first game will be played at Fort Worth's LaGrave Field on Thursday, May 29 with the return match in Dallas on Saturday, June 7 at the Mountain View Sports Complex.
"In soccer winning the derby or Classico is often just as significant as winning the league title because of city pride,” Tobias Xavier Lopez, the Vaqueros director of business operations said.
Dallas City president Nicolas Ayala said the Trinity River Cup will provide a unique opportunity for DFW soccer fans and his club.
“It is always great when sports rivalries emerge, it benefits everyone involved, especially the fans and the sport itself,” Ayala said. “We are a group of soccer enthusiasts here at Dallas City FC, so anything that helps grow the beautiful game, we are here to support it. We hope this will be the beginning of a healthy rivalry between the two teams and hope the fans have fun and enjoy watching the games.”
Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said the format will create compelling matches.
“This will be an exciting event for the fans of both Dallas and Fort Worth,” he said. “The added protocol of being a two-leg Cup, where away goals count double in case of an aggregate tie, makes this very interesting for the coaches and players.”