Where are they now: 5 names to know from Dallas Cup XXXII

Catching up on five standouts from last year's Dallas Cup

FRISCO, Texas -- With the kickoff of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII just days away, we here at FCDallas.com decided to take a look back at the five players we advised you to keep an eye on from Dallas Cup XXXII and see what difference a year has made. All five players remain with the same clubs, but one signed a professional contract, another signed a contract extension, and another was recently on trial with antoher club in a different country.

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Tigres – Moises Orozco (Midfielder)

What we said last year:

The US U-20 midfielder had quite the week as part of co-champion Tigres. Unfortunately, some of that came at the expense of the FC Dallas U-18 side, who Orozco scored against in their 5-0 semifinal match. Orozco also scored the lone goal for his team in the Super Group final vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, and looked dangerous up until the game was called due to inclement weather in the 65th minute.

Orozco, who was born in California but has Mexican parents, joined Tigres in 2010 – the same year he first impressed US national team scouts by scoring against the U-20 side on a long-range free kick during the Copa Chivas tournament. Orozco’s star has been on the rise ever since, and he was part of the US U-20 team that fell just short of qualifying for their age group World Cup in the CONCACAF U-20 championship this spring.

Where is he now:

Today Orozco is a member of the Tigres Under 20 squad, and although the club will be returning to compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group, Orozco is no longer age-eligible for the tournament. The young midfielder did make some news recently though, as he joined Toronto FC on trial ahead of the start of the 2012 MLS season. Although he didn't land a loan deal with the Canadian club,  Orozco did say the trial was a great experience and he even scored a golazo for TFC against BK Häcken in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Julian Dudda (Defender)

What we said last year:

The eventual co-champions posted three shutouts in their five Dallas Cup games and conceded only three goals through the tournament campaign. Partial credit for that feat has to go to center back Julian Dudda.

The 18-year-old German has done well enough with Eintracht Frankfurt’s U-19 side to earn a couple of caps with Germany’s U-18s, contributing two goals in 15 matches. If his rise continues at its current rate, it’s feasible Dudda could be representing Deutschland in Brazil in 2014.

Where is he now:

Representing the other co-champions from last year's tournament (who will also be returning this year), defender Julian Dudda is still with Eintracht Frankfurt. But like Orozco, Dudda won't be returning to Dallas with his club to defend their co-title. That's because Dudda is no longer part of Frankfurt's youth team that will be coming back to Texas, as he signed a professional contract just one month after returning to Germany from last year's tournament that will keep him at the club through 2015. However, the young defender has not made his professional debut yet because his contract does not fully come into effect until July of this year.

FC Dallas – Eduardo Cortes (Goalkeeper)

What we said last year:

There’s no dancing around the fact that FC Dallas got beat in their semifinal match against Tigres of Mexico. It’s hard to find a way to polish up a 5-0 loss, especially from a goalkeeping perspective, but the argument can be made that ‘keeper Eduardo Cortes was the most consistent, and perhaps most valuable player for FC Dallas in this year’s Dallas Cup.

In three games between the posts against FC Barcelona, CS Cartagines and Japan’s U-18 National Team only two shots got past Cortes, both of which were scored from the penalty spot – and it wasn’t for a lack of shots on goal. Match after match FC Dallas’ goalkeeper came up with game-changing save after save to lead his side to victory.

It’s also worth noting that until that semifinal loss FCD never had to play from behind at Dallas Cup – perhaps suggesting that Cortes’ saves in the early stages of the games were critical in allowing the rest of the team to settle into an offensive rhythm without the pressure of playing catch-up.

Where is he now:

Cortes is the only player from this list who will be returning to this year's Dallas Cup. The goalkeeper has helped pick up 11 shutouts in his final year with the FC Dallas U-18 Academy squad, and has also gotten regular training time with the FC Dallas first team. He'll likely split duties with Homegrown U-17 World Cup champion goalkeeper Richard Sanchez. With two high-caliber goalkeepers manning the net for FC Dallas this year, the squad can't be taken lightly by their group stage opponents.

Arsenal – Conor Henderson (Midfielder)

What we said last year:

At 19-years-old, Henderson was the oldest player on the Arsenal side that crossed the pond to take part in Dallas Cup XXXII. He also came into the tournament having already made his first team debut in early March, in a 5-0 FA Cup win over Leyton Orient.

Henderson’s tournament performance lived up to expectations, as he commanded the midfield and tallied twice for the Gunners as they swept their bracket to advance to the Super Group semifinals. His performance may have fallen short in the team’s 2-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis, but with some progress and polish, Henderson’s name is bound to grow in the soccer world.

Where is he now:

Henderson hasn't seen any first team action since making his debut before last year's visit to Dallas, appearing mostly in Reserve League matches for the Gunners. He started making strides towards joining the senior side last summer, including taking part in a preseason trip to Germany. Unfortunately, the midfielder sustained a knee injury on that trip that has seen him sidelined ever since. However, Henderson was awarded a contract extension last October and continues to work with the club's medical team towards his return.

FC Barcelona – Alain Richard Ebwelle (Forward)

What we said last year:

Ebwelle, originally from Cameroon, was discovered by Barcelona scouts in 2006 at an international tournament on the Canary Islands. The youngest member of Barcelona’s traveling roster, Ebwelle might also be the most well-known, as the 15-year-old forward turned in a YouTube-worthy performance vs. the Real Madrid Academy that has had hardcore Barca fans buzzing ever since.

Barcelona’s Dallas Cup run came to a disappointing end, as they did not advance out of the group stage despite a 2-1 record that included wins over the Japanese U-18 National Team and CS Cartagines. But in an incredibly deep development system, keep your eyes peeled for youngster Alain Richard Ebwelle to continue to impress on the international stage.

Where is he now:

Ebwelle was by far the youngest player on our list last year, but the native of Cameroon continues to work towards becoming a professional. He remains with Barcelona's Juvenil B squad. The side recently earned a 2-2 draw against Paris St. Germain at the Al Kass International Cup in Doha, Qatar . Ebwelle assisted on both Barcelona goals in that match.

Stay tuned to FCDallas.com over the next week and a half for continued Dallas Cup coverage, including "5 names to know from Dallas Cup XXXIII."