The Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational presented by MoneyGram returns to the FC Dallas Stadium complex this weekend with a new twist - it will be a qualifying tournament for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup.
The tournament, held November 23-25, will have four teams (one each in the U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-16 age groups) ultimately qualify for the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup based on their results. Each team receives three games in pool play and the opportunity to advance to the playoffs.
“Bobby Rhine meant so much to our organization as a player, coach, broadcaster and friend. This event will remind our fans, supporters and the overall youth soccer community of Bobby’s selfless and enduring contribution to FC Dallas," said FC Dallas Vice President of Youth Chris Hayden.
Rhine, who spent his 10-year MLS career as a player for Dallas, and then retired to the broadcast booth and front office with the club, passed away suddenly in September 2011 at the age of 35.
“Our boys and I are so proud to have this tournament named for Bobby,” said Rhine’s wife, Bevan. “Bobby played in Dallas Cup as a youth player and coached in it several years ago. He was always impressed by the Dallas Cup's long term commitment to keeping the tournament one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. I know he would be honored to have his name associated with a qualifying tournament that helps to ensure the exceptional quality of the Dallas Cup.”