29 Mar 2010 id2 National Selection team: Where are they now?
By Heather Rule and Nick Wiese
Editor’s note: US Club Soccer congratulates its id² alumni, many of whom have turned youth opportunities into promising high-level collegiate and professional careers. This is one of seven articles in an ongoing series looking back at the players who have participated in id² National Selection programming. Top performers from id² Training Camps every year are invited to National Selection opportunities. For boys, that involves an annual international trip to play top youth academies around the world. For girls, that involves a world-class domestic camp with both ECNL and id² standouts.
The inaugural id2 National Selection International Tour, held Feb. 5-14, 2010 in the Netherlands and Germany, was highlighted by games against youth academy teams from AFC Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmund. In addition to on-the-field training and game play, the tour included walking tours of several European cities, attendance at the FC Twente vs. Ajax Eredivisie game and the 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Vfl Bochum Bundesliga contest, and a tour of the famed Amsterdam ArenA, where the U.S. Men’s National Team faced the Netherlands in an international friendly two weeks after the id2 National Selection’s departure.
All but two players from the 2010 id2 National Selection International Tour squad are playing soccer at the collegiate level. There were also two homegrown signings to MLS teams within this group.
- Corey Baird (M), Escondido, Calif. – He has played for Stanford since 2014. He made the All-Pac-12 second team as a freshman and sophomore before making the First Team last season as a junior.
- Anthony Calvo (M), Ceres, Calif. – Calvo ranked fifth in goals with 31 in his senior season at Central Valley High School in 2013, when he was the Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
- Chet Castellaw (D), Hidden Hills, Calif. – The defender started seven games and saw action in 19 for California State University, Northridge as a freshman (2015).
- Walker Dawkins (M), Royal Palm Beach, Fla. – Dawkins started 16 games this season as a junior at University of Central Florida. He was honored as one of the 2014 IMG Academy Top 150 Players.
- Collin Fernandez (D), Downers Grove, Ill. – He competed for the U.S. U18 and U20 national teams in 2014 and 2015. He was the fifth homegrown player to join the Chicago Fire when he signed in 2014. Fernandez was a member of Peru’s U20 team in 2016 and made his professional debut with Louisville City FC in 2015.
- Justin Fiddes (M), San Diego, Calif. – A member of the University of Washington men’s soccer team for the past three seasons, Fiddes helped the Huskies advance to Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016.
- Declan McCabe (M), Weston, Mass. – The midfielder has played for Georgetown University starting in 2014 and has one career goal. Before joining the Hoyas, he started three seasons for New England Revolution Academy.
- David Mejia (D), Weston, Fla. – Mejia was at Weston FC for seven years, where he was a team captain for the U16 and U18 sides. He recorded a season-high 31 minutes in his freshman debut at the University of North Carolina in 2015.
- Robbie Mertz (M), Pittsburgh, Pa. – Mertz was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania in 2014. He competed for University of Michigan for the past to seasons.
- Dolu Oyewole (D), Waldorf, Md. – Oyewole signed to play at Cardinal Stritch University in 2015, but was not listed on the Wolves roster. He played his sophomore season at Loyola University Maryland, where he registered two goals and two assists and started 12 of 16 games, and spent his freshman season at High Point University in North Carolina in 2013.
- Carter Richardson (GK), Dublin, Ohio – A U.S. U18 national team goalie and former U17 Residency Program athlete who is at Columbia University, Richardson was a 2014 All-American and played for the Columbus Crew Academy before college.
- Mark Segbers (F), St. Louis, Mo. – The forward was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and All-Big Ten Second Team playing for the University of Wisconsin. He reached 50 career games in a Badger uniform as a junior a season ago.
- Benny Swanson (M), Grove City, Ohio – Another homegrown player signee, Swanson joined Columbus Crew SC in 2014. He did not appear for the senior team in 2015, but did get one game in 2016 before being loaned to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The midfielder captained the U.S. U18 national youth team in a 2-1 victory over Canada in a friendly in April 2014 and received his first call up by the U20 team in August 2015.
- Ade Taiwo (F), Raleigh, N.C. – Ade Taiwo (F), Raleigh, N.C. – He scored three goals in six matches for North Carolina State last year before an injury ended his redshirt sophomore season. As a true sophomore in 2015, he returned to playing soccer after back-to-back ACL injuries and finished with two goals in 16 games for the Wolfpack. He tore his ACL just after being named North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school junior in 2012. He spent the next year rehabbing before enrolling in college, but re-injured the ligament five games into his freshman year in 2014.
- Shota Takada (F), Honolulu, Hawaii – Takada participated in the LA Galaxy Academy (2012-13) before enrolling at UNLV, where he is a junior. Played all 20 games as a sophomore in 2015, finishing with three goals and one assist.
- Brandon Tetro (M), Freehold, N.J. – A junior playing for Rutgers, Tetro has one goal and four assists in 47 career games. Before that, he was a member of the New York Red Bulls Academy and helped the squad to the U16 national championship and two U14 pre-Academy titles (2010, 2011).
- Logan Ventura (D), Pittstown, N.J. – Ventura completed his junior season as member of the Babson College (Massachusetts) men’s soccer team and has four goals and four assists in 40 career games for the Beavers. He was given the Colin “Chip” Brown Award in 2014. The annual honor goes to a first-year male athlete who shows enthusiasm and commitment to his team.
- Wesley Wade (D), South Orange, N.J. – The defender played in every game for the University of Virginia last season, scoring all five of his goals in a substitute role — the most by a Cavalier player coming off the bench since Nate Friends tallied six in 1992. He scored 10 goals with the New York Red Bulls U18 team from 2013-15. Wade won the Golden Boot at the AGS Cup in Spain in 2011 after scoring four goals and helping the U.S. U17 team finish second in the tournament.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles looking at id2 National Selection teams from 2011-16. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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