01 Apr 2013 id2 National Selection boys 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 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain included hard-fought matches against youth academy teams from Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Girona FC, the experience of life abroad and a chance to see some of the sport’s top professionals play during a LaLiga match at Barcelona’s famous L’Estadi Camp Nou. The roster consisted of 17 players born in 1999 and one born in 2000.
One player from the 2013 id² National Selection team is playing professionally with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1, while two others have committed to play for Division I programs and eight more are playing for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams.
- Tyler Adams (D), Wappingers Falls, N.Y. – Adams has broken into the New York Red Bulls first team after spending 2010-2015 working through the youth ranks. The defender has represented the United States at the 15-U and 17-U level, including at the 2015 FIFA 17-U World Cup.
- Andrew Aprahamian (D), Exton, Pa. – In February 2016, as a Philadelphia Union Academy player, Aprahamian verbally committed to Stanford for the fall of 2017.
- Carlos Avilez (GK), Dallas, Texas – Avilez is a member of FC Dallas’ 18-U team and has represented the U.S. most recently at the 16-U level.
- Omar Beltran (M), Garland, Texas – Beltran played last season with the Dallas Texans SC 17/18-U team.
- Josh Burnett (M), Glen Ridge, N.J. – Burnett became a star at PDA and signed with the University of Connecticut on Feb. 2, 2017.
- Jose Carranza (M), Manassas, Va. – After coming up with D.C. United’s 17/18-U team, Carranza left to train with the Carolina RailHawks with the hopes of traveling to Europe to earn a trial with several professional clubs. His most recent outing for the U.S. was at the 18-U level.
- Lucas del Rosario (F), Durham, N.C. – Del Rosario is with the Capital City RailHawks Academy and has competed with the U.S. 16-U squad.
- Jonathan Gonzalez (F), Santa Rosa, Calif. – Gonzalez played with Atletico Santa Rosa through the 16-U level before transferring to C.F. Monterrey, where he is on the reserve squad. He has also played for the U.S. 20-Us. (UPDATE – Aug. 24, 2017: The now 18 year old made his Liga MX debut and has made a handful of starts already.)
- Kyle Gruno (D), Upper Saddle River, N.J. – At the age of 15, Gruno transferred to Leicester City F.C. and is a member of the 18-U team, the same level at which he competes for the U.S.
- Edwin Lara (F/D), San Leandro, Calif. – Lara seems to be angling towards playing with Mexico, as he most recently appeared for the county’s 20-U team in July 2016. He is playing for C.F. Pachuca’s 17-U team. (UPDATE – August 2017: Lara started and played all 90 minutes in a Copa MX game. It was his first-team debut.)
- Anthony Markanich (D), Bourbonnais, Ill. – Markanich is part of the Chicago Fire Academy, playing for the 15/16-Us.
- Trey Muse (GK), Louisville, Ky. – The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper is plying his trade in the Seattle Sounders’ development academy with the 17/18-Us. Muse has also appeared for the U.S. at the 18-U level.
- Will Rojas (M), New Brunswick, N.J. – Another one of the talented players in the New York Red Bulls’ academy, Rojas is splitting time between the 15/16-U and the New Brunswick High School teams.
- Cody Sundquist (M), Lincoln, Calif. – Positional fluidity seems to be the name of the game for Sundquist, who was called into the U.S. 18-U squad in January 2016 as a forward but is listed as a midfielder for the ACF Fiorentina youth team. He has not represented the club in a competitive match, but that could be the product of paperwork more than talent.
- Nick Taitague (M), Midlothian, Va. – Taitague has been training with FC Schalke 04 for the later part of 2016 and early in 2017. On March 22, he got his first taste of the full team when he was called up for training.
- Adolfo Trujillo (F), Livermore, Calif. – In 2015, Trujillo had a two-week tryout with Liverpool before coming back to the San Jose Earthquakes’ academy.
- Samuel Vines (D), Colorado Springs, Colo. – Vines has been part of the Colorado Rapids academy system for a few seasons and is entering the 2017-18 season as a member of the 18-Us. The last time he represented the U.S. was at the 15-U level.
- Timothy Weah (F), Rosedale, N.Y. – Following in the footsteps of his father George, Weah signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. He has also represented the U.S. at the 17-U level.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles looking at id2 National Selection teams from 2014-16. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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