As was reported earlier, 38 Dallas Cup alumni (5% of the total World Cup player pool) have been called up by their respective countries for the World Cup in Brazil. The tournament has lived up to expectations so far and "World Cup Fever" continues to grow throughout the United States, so we thought we'd give you an update on how some the Dallas Cup alumni have fared in the first week of the tournament.
So far, the Dallas Cup alumni have made 28 appearances in World Cup games. Two of them, Clint Dempsey (USA) and Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) have already opened up their World Cup scoring accounts, with Clint's goal in the 30th second of the match being the 5th fastest goal in World Cup history. Jonathan De Guzman (Netherlands) helped his team be the first to secure a birth in the knockout stage with two strong showings over Spain and Australia. While the Costa Rican trio of Campbell, Celso Borges and goalkeeper Keylor Navas had the first upset of the tournament with their 3-1 victory over 2010 World Cup semifinalist, Urugauy, and Sammir made his first appearance for Croatia in this World Cup, as they trounced a 10-man Cameroon side.
Six Dallas Cup alumni from Mexico played in each of their first two games, including a well-deserved tie with hosts Brazil. The U.S. also started six Dallas Cup alumni (Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley) in their inspiring victory over Ghana. The only alumni to have played and come away with a defeat are the four Dallas Cup alumni (Ross Barkley, Glen Johnson, Wayne Rooney and Adam Lallana) from England's narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy. They will try to stave off early elimination when they take on Uruguay on June 19th.