As the second round of group games were concluded, Dallas Cup alumni continued their impressive contributions to one of the most exciting World Cups in recent times. Dallas Cup alumni have played in 11 of the first 32 games of this World Cup, an impressive 34% of the tournament’s games!
The 38 Dallas Cup alumni playing in Brazil have so far combined for a total of 41 appearances. The Dallas Cup alumni added two goals to their totals during the second round games when England’s Wayne Rooney opened his World Cup account and U.S. star, Clint Dempsey, tallied his second of the tournament. These goals, along with opening game strikes by Dempsey and Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell, bring the total number of goals scored by Dallas Cup alumni in this tournament to four.
Dallas Cup alumni are representing 10 of the 32 World Cup teams, and four of these countries have already punched their tickets to the second round (The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Belgium and Argentina). Four of the ten teams (U.S.A., Croatia, Mexico, and Brazil) are still alive as the final group stage games are played this week. Only two teams, England and Australia, have been eliminated from advancing to the knock-out stages. A total of 32 of the 38 Dallas Cup alumni still have an opportunity to advance to the knock-out stages.
Two former Dallas Cup participants are also participating in the World Cup, but in different capacities. New Zealand referee, Peter O’Leary, a long-time member of the Dallas Cup referee family, was the referee for the Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina match and earlier in the tournament served as the 4th official for France’s victory over Honduras. While Dallas Cup alumnus and former MLS and Venezuelan international, Alejandro Moreno, is currently working for ESPN as a color commentator for the World Cup games.