22 Mar Mediterranean International Cup reveals id2 National Selection team’s grouping
The Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) revealed the groupings for all 64 teams in Category C during a live draw Wednesday afternoon. US Club Soccer’s id2 National Selection team was placed in Group G with Club Deportivo Aliron Futbol Base de Tegueste (Spain), Shangwen-Nama (China/Spain) and Hapoel Ramat Gan (Israel). Schedules, including game times, will be released next week.
Academy teams of FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are among those also in Category C.
Nine days ago, US Club Soccer announced the roster for the 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour, April 6-17, which is highlighted by participation in the 17th annual MIC.
— US Club Soccer (@USClubSoccer) March 22, 2017
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.
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.
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