26 Jan 2017 id2 National Selection team to participate in prestigious Mediterranean International Cup in Spain
Members of the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour will travel to Spain, April 6-17, for a multi-faceted experience highlighted by participation in the 17th annual Mediterranean International Cup (MIC).
The MIC takes place on the northeast coast of Spain at the Costa Brava, featuring the best clubs and national academy teams in the world. In its 16-year history, top teams like Brazil National Selection, Mexico National Selection, Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool FC and FC Inter Milan have all competed. Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Gerard Piqué and other world renowned stars have taken the MIC pitch.
The tournament officially begins April 12 and progresses five days with the championship round on Easter Sunday (April 16). Prior to that, the id² National Selection team will begin its journey in New Jersey with a domestic camp, April 6-8. After arriving in Barcelona the morning of April 9, the American delegation will transfer to Girona for training sessions over the following two days. Finally, on April 11, the group moves on to Playa D’Aro for the MIC competition.
Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, the organization is funding the trip in conjunction with the strong support of Nike; there is no cost to players. The id² Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
id² Boys Program director Gerry McKeown will lead the team in the id² Program’s eighth trip abroad. Eighteen boys players from the previous id² age group cycle, targeting top 2003-born players, will be selected in the coming weeks. A full roster and schedule of activities are to be announced on usclubsoccer.org soon.
“The MIC is a great opportunity for our team to play a variety of top academies around the world in one competition,” McKeown said. “This tournament brings another dimension to the player development aspect of the id² international trip.”
In addition to Nike, LaLiga is offering its resources to enhance the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour. Premier International Tours is also assisting with travel logistics, and, like previous years, is serving as on-site liaison for the duration of the trip.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
Players are selected based on extensive scouting and participation in the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2003, which included several Player Development Program (PDP) events and four id² Training Camps held in 2016.
US Club Soccer’s id² Program previously toured Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2016, playing games against the likes of Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In the eight-year history of the international tour, US Club Soccer’s id² National Selection team has played a collection of friendlies against top academy teams. Participation in the 2017 MIC represents the first time the id² team will play in a tournament.
In addition to competing in one of the best competitions in the world, the group will be immersed in a multi-faceted experience on- and-off-the-field that also includes watching professional games, training in some of the country’s best facilities and enjoying cultural immersion through sightseeing excursions.
U.S. Soccer will send a technical advisor to accompany the group on the tour in order to scout players for potential inclusion in youth national team programming. Numerous id² National Selection alumni have been called into U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs, including Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin and Greg Garza.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.