Dallas Diary - Day One

During Everton Under-18s’ stay in the United States at the Dallas Cup, a member of the team or staff will be offering a regular update. We start by enlisting the help of defender Jamie Mellen, who tells us all about the trek across the Atlantic.

It’s been a long journey but we are finally here in Dallas! 

The trip started on Thursday after some light training at Finch Farm. It was only a quick session to keep the risk of injury down to a minimum.

Afterwards we got a coach down to Heathrow and we stayed in a hotel close to the airport. We had something to eat as a group and got our heads down straight away because we had to be up and out for five o’clock with it being an early morning start.

It was a long 10-hour flight and by the time we had gone through security and passport control, it was the middle of the afternoon, Dallas time.

We checked in, dropped off our bags and then it was out for a quick 20-minute run to loosen our legs.

Then it was our evening meal and off back to the rooms to relax, ready for a big day on Saturday. It’s important we get another early night’s sleep to try and minimise jet-lag and be fresh for when we will have two sessions.

Of course, we’ll be looking out for the first-team score against Arsenal in the morning but with it being a five-hour time difference, we’ll already have set off for training before the end of the match.

Now that we are here, we can’t wait for the tournament to start on Sunday. Everyone will have to bring their A-game and we’ll have to adapt quickly because we are playing three matches in four days against opponents from Mexico, Japan and the United States.

We are looking forward to the experience and this next week will definitely be an opportunity for everyone to improve and develop.

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