Young players such as Winston Reid, Tommy Smith, Giovani Dos Santos, Lee Chung-Yong, Michael Bradley, Gonzalo Higuain, and Luis Suarez are making themselves known to the football world with their play in the World Cup.
Reid scored the immensely clutch equalizer for New Zealand against Slovakia at the 93' mark with a stellar header toward the post.
Smith, a fellow Kiwi, has done very well in defense for New Zealand. He was the culprit of a flop that led to Italy's one goal on a PK, but aside from that questionable call he has been the All White's best defense—man.
Dos Santos has been unlucky not to score and has dazzled fans with his quickness and ability with the ball. Chung-Yong made a nice play to score Korea's only goal against Argentina when he stole the ball and fired it into the net.
Bradley, aside from Higuain, has been the best young player in the Cup. At 22, he was one of the US's two best offensive players against England. He delivered wonderful balls and sharp passes and played a large role in only allowing one goal.
He scored his first World Cup goal against Slovenia on a wonderful one-touch strike over a charging goalie.