Steve Wigley is ‘relishing the test’ when Fulham Under-19s take on Everton in the Dallas Cup Final on Sunday.
After progressing through Group A, the Whites sealed their spot in the Final with a 3-2 win over Brazilian outfit Flumimese on Friday night to set up the all-English encounter against the Toffees.
It’s the second time Fulham have reached the Final of the prestigious tournament having won it 2013 and Wigley said: “We’re delighted as a team and staff to have reached the Final. Every game has been a tough test of ability and resilience. We qualified from a strong group that included the US Under-20s and Hoffenheim, one of the best youth teams in Germany. Friday night was then a real test against Flumimese and the lads were terrific.
“The Final is against a very good Everton side. All the players and staff are relishing the test this competition provides. It will be our fifth game now in eight days and the fitness levels of all our players is fantastic; real credit should be given to our sports science and medicine department out here and back home.”
Everton lost their first game of Group B 1-0 to Sinergia Deportiva Tigres, but wins over Kyoto Sanga and Real Salt Lake saw them progress to the Semi-Finals where they defeated hosts FC Dallas 3-1.
Toffees boss Kevin Sheedy said: “I’ll be saying to the lads that now we’re in the Final, let's go and win it. They deserve to be in the Final because of their performances.
“I saw Fulham earlier today [Friday],” added Sheedy. “They put in a good performance. It will be a tough test but it’s nice to come all this way and have two English teams in the Final.”
The Final takes place at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Sunday at 6pm local time (midnight UK) and can be viewed via live stream at dallascup.com