Top 10 Players to Watch
at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII
The list of Dallas Cup alumni reads like a who's who of international superstars around the globe.
Names like Rooney, Chicharito, Beckham, Donovan and Raul are among the vast and distinguished names to roll through North Texas to play in the top youth international soccer tournament in North America.
In 2012, the Gordon Jago Super Group boasts arguably the strongest lineup, top to bottom, in tournament history, meaning more of the world's future stars will be coming to FC Dallas Stadium, April 1-8.
Here are just 10 of the players you won't want to miss at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII:
10. Paul Arriola – Arsenal FC (California) U-16 Academy
Arriola was one of the starting forwards for the USA U-17 World Cup squad in 2011. The kid from southern California has 10 goals in nine U.S. Soccer Development Academy games this season with Arsenal FC of California, and will certainly be one to watch in the U17 division.
9. Erik Heinze – Eintracht Frankfurt U-17 Academy
Erik Heinze is a German midfielder that joined Eintracht in 2011. He has represented Germany at the U15 level and bosses the midfield for the German club.
8. Mark Ashby – FC Dallas U19 Academy
Ashby may just be the smartest kid at this year's Dallas Cup. One of the defensive rocks for the FC Dallas Academy, Ashby scored in the 97th percentile of SAT scores and has signed a scholarship to play at Harvard University in the fall.
7. Uttam Rai – India U16 National Team
Rai is arguably the best youth prospect for the populous nation of India. He will be looking to make his mark on Dallas Cup in 2012 after being injured in this same tournament last season. This attacking talent has trained with Arsenal FC of England in the past.
6. Gedion Zelalem – OBGC Rangers U16
Zelalem is a German citizen with Ethiopian heritage who has lived with his family in America for more than five years. Did you get all that? He's reportedly been offered a contract at Arsenal's academy in England, where he can join in 2013. Zelalem has been to U15 national team camps with Germany and the United States.
5. Caleb Richardson – Dallas Texans U19 Academy
Regular Dallas Cup attendees will remember Richardson from last year's Dallas Cup, when he terrorized the Arsenal defense before earning a harsh red card. The small winger is the spark plug in the Texans offense and has committed to play at the University of Kentucky in the fall.
4. Daniel Garcia – FC Dallas U19 Academy
Garcia is one of the hottest names in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with 17 goals in 16 games this season. The small and ultra-skilled winger has committed to play for NCAA champions North Carolina in the fall, and was invited to a U.S. U-20 National Team camp in February.
3. Will Keane – Manchester United
Will, and his twin brother Michael, have both made their full debuts for Manchester United's first team. Will made his professional debut on December 31 in United's 3-2 home loss to Blackburn. He has represented England as high as the U21 National Team level.
2. John Lundstram – Everton FC U19 Academy
Born in Liverpool, Lundstram has been with Everton since his early years in soccer and signed a two-year professional contract with the club in June 2011. The left-footed midfielder was a part of England's U17 European Championships squad and was named to the 22-man tournament select squad.
1. Richard Sanchez – Mexico U20 National Team
Sanchez comes to Dallas Cup as the starting goalkeeper for the Mexico U17 squad that won the World Cup in front of over 100,000 people at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The keeper has signed a professional contract with FC Dallas and made the match-day squad for the final game of the 2011 MLS season.
Don't miss out on your chance to see these and other future international stars from across the globe — before they're famous! For further information on teams, schedules and ticket information, go to www.dallascup.com