30 Mar 2011 id2 National Selection team: Where are they now?
By 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 2011 id2 National Selection International Tour to Scotland and England, held Feb. 17-27, was highlighted by games against youth academy teams from Celtic FC, Everton FC and Manchester City FC. Among other activities, the team attended the Old Firm matchup between Rangers FC and Celtic FC on Feb. 20, an English Premier League clash between Manchester United and Wigan FC on Feb. 26 as well as a Liverpool FC 18-U game.
The team was comprised of 18 boys born in 1997. A photo gallery can be found here.
Most of the players from the id2 National Selection International Tour roster from 2011 moved on to play collegiate soccer, many at the Division I level. Five players have gone directly to the professional ranks, where four play in Major League Soccer and one in Liga MX.
- Chet Castellaw (F), Hidden Hills, Calif. – Castellaw spent his 2015 season as a freshman at California State University Northridge, but was not on the roster for the 2016-17 campaign.
- Jeremy Colvin (M), Houston, Texas – The former Texas Rush Soccer Club player has competed for Princeton since 2015 and has tallied six goals and one assist through his sophomore season.
- Stephen Elias (F), Rye, N.Y. – After redshirting the 2015 season, Elias played in every game for North Carolina State in 2016. In the summer of 2017, he will be playing for Team USA in the World Maccabiah Games, the largest international Jewish sporting competition and the overall third-largest sports competition in the world.
- Cesar Farias (M), Santa Rosa, Calif. – Farias appeared as a substitute in every game for Harvard in 2015. A season later, he started 11 games and scored his first career goal. [Editor’s note: Farias was also featured in this usclubsoccer.org article about his hometown club of Atletico Santa Rosa]
- Collin Fernandez (D), Downers Grove, Ill. – Fernandez has been a part of the Chicago Fire system since he was 13 and is now a member of the first team. In 2015 and 2016, Collin had appearances for the Chicago Fire, but was also loaned to Louisville City FC (2015) and Saint Louis FC (2016). He has played for both the United States and Peru at the Under-20 level.
- Nicholas Giordano (GK), East Northport, N.Y. – The goalkeeper spent his freshman year (2015) at Loyola University before transferring to Buffalo for the 2016 season.
- David Godinez-Chavez (D), Redwood City, Calif. – Instead of attending UCLA in 2015, Godinez-Chavez joined Club Tijuana on a professional contract.
- Malcolm Jones (D), Chino Hills, Calif. – Jones started his UCLA career with a bang, scoring the game-winner against New Mexico in his first appearance in August 2015. He played in 13 matches during the 2016 season and has appeared for the U.S. through the U20 level.
- Matthew McCarthy (D), Armonk, N.Y. – A product of the New York Red Bulls’ and FC Westchester, McCarthy played for Cornell in 2015.
- Abuchi Obinwa (M), Gotha, Fla. – Obinwa played with the German side Hannover 96 at the U19 level before signing with Columbus Crew SC on Jan. 25, 2017. He has most recently played for the U.S. U20 side.
- Ricardo Oliveros (F), Weston, Fla. – Now a sophomore at Louisville, Oliveros has appeared in 35 matches for the Cardinals. His first collegiate goal, and the only one of his freshman year, was a game-winner against Connecticut.
- Logan Panchot (M), Wildwood, Mo. – St. Louis-born Logan Panchot is a Stanford commit who played for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and represented the U.S. at the U17 level. The midfielder also played for the id2 2012 team.
- Tommy Redding (D), Oviedo, Fla. – Redding is the first homegrown player for Orlando City SC, signing in 2014 at age 17. In 2016, the defender played in 18 games for the Lions, starting 16. [Editor’s note: Redding was also featured in this usclubsoccer.org article + video about his id2 experience.]
- Shannon Seymour (M), Bourbonnais, Ill. – Formerly of the Chicago Fire Academy, Seymour currently plies his trade for Northwestern. The sophomore has played 25 times for the Wildcats and has also competed for the U.S. U18 team.
- Kevin Silva (GK), Bethlehem, Pa. – Goaltender Kevin Silva already left his mark as a freshman at UCLA. He started the final 12 matches for the Bruins in their 2016 season, finishing tied with a team-best .750 save percentage. He also registered a 1.63 goals-against average while going 6-5-1 with three shutouts. He’s also played for the U.S. U17s and U19s. He also played with the id2 2012 team.
- 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. Also appeared for the id2 2010 team.
- Sam Swanson (M), Charlottesville, Va. – Played with the Richmond Strikers as part of the Development Academy.
- Sean Wilson (M), Bethlehem, Pa. – Before becoming a member of the North Carolina men’s team, Wilson played for PDA and the Philadelphia Union Academy. The midfielder was last called up for the U.S. for a U20 tournament in Germany.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles looking at id2 National Selection teams from 2012-16. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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