Everton’s Under-19s suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of FC Dallas in their opening Dallas Cup group game.
The young Blues are back in the States to defend the crown they won here back in April 2016, but if they are to do so, they will have to follow in their own example one year ago.
Having lost to Tigres in their opening game, Everton went on to lift the trophy 12 months prior.
Ahead of this game, coach Kevin Sheedy warned his players to expect a fast start from their local opponents – and that is precisely what they got.
On 18 minutes, Dallas opened the scoring – Ben Pierce brilliantly denied Jesus Ferreira Castro but Shaft Brewer was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.
Everton were struggling to mount any kind of assault of their own, but did briefly threaten in the first half as Delial Brewster almost turned in Alex Denny’s header back across goal, then Daniel Bramall blasted over the bar.
But Paxton Pomykal made it two when side-footing a volley into the bottom corner on 37 minutes, leaving it 2-0 at the interval.
Further goals followed after the break. Brecc Evans netted from close range, before Aldo Quevedo and Castro struck in quick succession to make it five.
Everton can look to bounce back immediately however, when they take on Israel’s Maccabi Haifa on Monday.