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Up close with Everton

Beginning July 24, Everton Football Club of the English Premier League will be in Houston to compete in the second-annual Copa de Tejas international soccer tournament at Reliant Stadium. 

Everton's tradition runs deeper than that of any other premiere league team.  The club's history parallels NFL franchises like Green Bay, who boasts a leauge-leading 12 World Championships. When comparing Everton to the best of Major League Baseball, the Everton Club holds a close second next to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The roster garners international acclaim, featuring ten World Cup team players from eight different countries. England's own 18-year-old phenom, Wayne Rooney, will be playing in Copa de Tejas, as well as Scotland's James McFadden.  Rooney is one of the league's top scorers with nine goals thus far and previously became the youngest scorer in a UEFA European Championship finals match, surpassing the record of Yugoslavia's Dragan Stojkovic, who was eight months older when he scored against France in 1984.

Rooney eventually tallied four goals in helping England advance to the quarterfinals of Euro 2004.

Two-game packages are available now.   

"This is a rare opportunity for Houston-area sports fans to see international soccer stars from the world's best soccer league in an up-close and personal setting," said Texans Senior Vice President Jamey Rootes.

Come out and join us for this year's world class Copa de Tejas!

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