Major League Soccer’s summer transfer window brought back to the United States two high-profiled Dr Pepper Dallas Cup alumni, Mexican Giovani Dos Santos and Italian Andrea Pirlo.
The LA Galaxy completed a transfer for the 26 year-old Mexican Striker from Villarreal, where he had played 58 games and scored 12 goals during his two seasons with the Spanish-side. Dos Santos is a mainstay on the Mexican National team where he has made 90 appearances since 2007, including appearing in eight World Cup games during the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. He played in the 2001 Dallas Cup with Sao Paulo Club from Monterrey, Mexico.
Andrea Pirlo comes to the expansion side New York City FC after an esteemed 15 year career in Italy’s Serie A, where he played 463 games since 1998. Pirlo, a deep lying midfielder who is known as the Maestro for his pin-point passes and ball control. He has represented Italy 115 times in International competition and is a World Cup Champion, having helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup. Pirlo played in the 1990 Dallas Cup with US Voluntas from Italy.
Dos Santos and Pirlo were two members of the league’s high-profile summer transfers which also included Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard.