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. Today, goalkeeper Ben Pierce has stepped up to speak about preparations for Sunday’s first match of the tournament against Tigres.
This morning we were up bright and early - there had been some tired legs the night before due to all the travelling.
We were down for breakfast at eight o’clock, had a nice bit of food, then it was off to training.
The pitches were superb and the session was all about building up to the game on Sunday. The focus was about preparing for our opponents Tigres and also working on how we want to play.
We came back for lunch and then afterwards it was time for some college work. The stuff we do at Carmel College, we have to do here as well! But it was quite nice as it broke up the day.
Later in the afternoon, the main majority of the boys went to the local mall. It was good that as a group we could get out, have a walk around and see and meet all the local people.
It was down for dinner at six o’clock and then it was all about resting up before the big game - it’s the first match of the Dallas Cup and we have high expectations.
We want to win the game and want to go as far as we can in this tournament. Now it’s all about preparing professionally. We are playing a Mexican side, so they are going to be tough, quick and strong.
Personally, it will be a great experience playing at the Cotton Bowl and a stadium of that size. The atmosphere should also be good so, speaking on behalf of the boys, we are all looking forward to it.
Let’s just see what happens and we hope for the win!