13 Mar Roster revealed for 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain
Eighteen boys players have been selected to the id² National Selection team roster as part of the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour to Spain, April 6-17. Seventeen clubs spanning nine states and Peru are represented.
The 2017 id² National Selection International Tour will be a multi-faceted experience highlighted by participation in the 17th annual Mediterranean International Cup (MIC). The trip is made possible through strong support from Nike and assistance from LaLiga and Premier International Tours.
The trip signifies the conclusion of the id² age group cycle targeting 2003 boys. Players were selected from id² Training Camps and Player Development Program (PDP) events.
Cameron Dunbar (Albion SC) and Daniel Edelman (PDA) return from the 2016 id² National Selection International Tour, in which that group played four friendlies against top academy teams of Valencia CF, Villarreal CF, RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona.
“We are excited to participate in a competitive tournament for the first time with our international tour,” said Gerry McKeown, id² director and head coach of the id² National Selection team. “While it will not change our approach to the games and committing to excellence over results, it will guarantee challenging matches against players from our own age group.
“In the past, we have been disappointed when our opponents would use players from older age groups to influence the outcome of the matches. It should be a great opportunity for young players to compete against some of the world’s elite in a tournament that has such a storied history of talented participants.”
Numerous id² National Selection alumni have been called into U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs, including Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin and Greg Garza.
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, 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.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
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.
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 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