31 Mar 2012 id2 National Selection team: Where are they now? (VIDEOS)
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 2012 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain, held Feb. 17-27, was highlighted by matches against youth academy teams from UE Cornellà, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. The team, comprised of 18 boys born in 1998, also attended two LaLiga games – Valencia at FC Barcelona on Feb. 19 and FC Barcelona at Atletico Madrid on Feb. 26 – and toured FC Barcelona’s L’Estadi Camp Nou and Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Vicente Calderon.
A photo gallery can be found here.
Twelve players from the 2012 id² National Selection International Tour have gone on to play collegiate soccer or have committed to play for a college or university. Another two are playing professionally, including one that all soccer fans have been buzzing about.
Christian Pulisic, 18, has quickly cemented his place in the U.S. Soccer history books thanks to fearless play and veteran-like instincts on the ball. The Hershey, Pa.-native is the youngest player to:
- Score for the national team in the modern era: in a friendly against Bolivia on May 28, 2016 (17 years, 253 days)
- Play in a World Cup qualifier: versus Guatemala on March 29, 2016 (17 years, 193 days)
- Score in a WCQ: at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, 2016 (17 years, 349 days)
- Start in a WCQ: against Trinidad and Tobago on Sept. 6, 2016 (17 years, 353 days)
As a 16-year-old, he signed with Borussia Dortmund — one of Germany’s top soccer clubs — in 2015. The next year, he started in his first Bundesliga match and, on April 23, 2016 at the age of 17 years, 211 days, became the youngest non-German to score in the league. He recently extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund through 2020.
In 2016, Pulisic notched three goals and two assists in 11 appearances playing with the full national team and was named U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Young Male Player of the Year. In 2017, he’s continued his frenetic pace of defying expectations.
- Harry Adanuty (D), Cary, N.C. – Currently playing at NC State. Adanuty did not play in an official match during his freshman year, but spent five years at CASL RailHawks Academy before joining the Wolfpack.
- Christian Albelo (MF), Clarksville, Tenn. – Albelo is a free agent after spending last season with Swope Park Rangers, the USL affiliate of Sporting Kansas City of MLS.
- Danny Barbir (F), Macungie, Pa. – After signing with West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2014, Barbir has been impressing in the 18-U, 21-U and 23-U teams. He also played for the United States in April of 2016 at the 19-U level.
- George Braima (MF), Columbus, Ohio – Braima spent his freshman year at Tyler Junior College. He finished with three goals and eight assists to help the Apaches go undefeated en route to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship.
- Chaz Burnett (D), Glen Ridge, N.J. – After giving a commitment to Rutgers, Chaz did not attend for the 2016 season. The last team he played for was the U18 Players Development Academy team.
- Jonathan Navarro (F), San Jose, Calif. – A FIFA Article 19 issue kept Navarro from signing with Liga MX club Santos Laguna, so he is currently playing with San Jose-based club P.A.C Indios.
- Matthew Olosunde (MF), Trenton, N.J. – Olosunde played with the New York Red Bulls before transferring to Manchester United in January of 2016. He is currently playing for the Manchester United Reserves in Premier League 2 and started the Reds’ most recent game on February 6, 2017.
- A.J. Palazzolo (D), O’Fallon, Mo. – The Indiana University freshman made 10 substitute appearances for the Hoosiers in the 2016 season. Palazzolo’s most recent appearance for the United States was at the 17-U level.
- Logan Panchot (MF), St. Louis, Mo. – Panchot played for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC and has committed to Stanford. He has also represented the United States at the 17-U level.
- Christian Pulisic (MF), Hershey, PA – See above. Pulisic is arguably the most exciting prospect in U.S. Soccer men’s national team history.
- Elijah Rice (F), Highland Park, Ill. – A solid freshman outing at the University of Washington will give Rice a solid platform to continue developing his scoring ability. Elijah has most recently appeared for the United States at the 17-U level.
- Juan Riley (D), Weston, Fla. – Riley will begin his second year at University of California Riverside in the fall of 2017 after appearing only once for the Highlanders in the 2016 season.
- Chad Sahinkaya (D), Colleyville, Texas – Sahinkaya played all four years at Grapevine High School and played for the Dallas Texans in his club career.
- Kevin Silva (GK), Bethlehem, Pa. – The UCLA freshman started the final 12 matches for the Bruins’ in the 2016 season. Silva has played for the 17-U’s and 19-U’s for the United States.
- Jack Skahan (MF), Memphis, Tenn. – Skahan is playing for the University of North Carolina and just completed his freshman season.
- Raheem Taylor-Parkes (F), Wesley Chapel, Fla. – The University of Virginia freshman was third on the team in assists during the 2016 season and played in a total of 15 games, starting one.
- Suniel Veerakone (D), Caledonia, Mich. – Veerakone played in all of Duke’s games in 2016. The freshman midfielder scored three goals and had five assists.
- Andrew Verdi (GK), Ivyland, Pa. – Verdi will play at the University of Michigan in the 2017 season and has played for the 18-U’s for the United States.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles looking at id2 National Selection teams from 2013-16. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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