Everton Under-18s staff and players have thanked Texas-based fans for the backing shown during the team’s Dallas Cup campaign.
There have been Evertonians at each of the Young Blues’ four fixtures so far in the tournament - and more are expected to attend Sunday’s final against Fulham at Toyota Stadium.
Earlier in the week, coaches Kevin Sheedy, Phil Jevons and Kevin O’Brien met up with members of the North Texas Toffees supporters’ club, based in the Addison district of the city.
“The support that Everton has is worldwide and there’s a loyal set of fans here in Dallas,” said assistant coach Jevons.
‘It’s been great to have that following at the games here and the boys really appreciated that at the semi-final on Friday - they went over and celebrated the win with them after the FC Dallas game.
“The evening we had with the North Texas Toffees a couple of days earlier was another great event. We thought it would be a question and answer session but when we got there it was more like being sat down with your mates, talking about Everton and football.
“The final is going to be a great occasion. The stadium will hopefully be pretty full and we are looking forward to seeing the Everton supporters once again.”
Jevons was an FA Youth Cup winner with Everton Under-18s back in 1998 and he is confident the current group of youngsters can get their hands on a trophy on Sunday evening.
Kick-off against the Cottagers at Toyota Stadium is 6pm local time (midnight in the UK).
“Now we have done so well to get this far, why can’t we go the one step extra?” Jevons continued.
“We know Fulham have got good players but we have played them before. We have nothing to fear, it’s a cup final and we’ll be telling the players to give it everything they have got.”