04 Apr 2016 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 the final article in an extensive series that looked 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 2016 id² National Selection International Tour, held Feb. 20-March 2 in Spain marked the third trip to Spain in id² Program history. The team played against top academy teams of Valencia CF, Villareal CF, RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona.
Just a year later, most participants from the 2016 id² National Selection International Tour roster remain active with various 13/14-U teams. Some are competing with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and one is playing internationally.
- Charlton Alonso (GK), Paramus, N.J. – The goalkeeper joined the World Class FC 13/14-U team in 2015. A year later, Alonso competed solely for the 14-U side. A little less than a year ago, Alonso won the Allstate “Good Hands” top goalkeeper award.
- Erik Centeno (D), Stockton, Calif. – Centeno moved to Sacramento Republic FC in 2015 after being a member at the Earthquakes East Valley FC. He played with the 13/14-Us in his inaugural season before joining the 14-U’s in 2016-17.
- Gandhi Cruz (GK), Aurora, Ill. – Cruz competes for the Chicago Magic and traveled to a tournament in Argentina in the spring of 2016.
- Jack de Vries (M), Wayne, Pa. – De Vries was at Beach FC before moving to the Philadelphia Union Academy in 2015. He was on the 13/14-U team his first year, but spent the 2016-17 season with the U14 squad.
- Cameron Dunbar (F), Chula Vista, Calif. – During the 2015-16 season, Dunbar played with Albion SC’s 13/14-U team. The next season, the forward was a member of the 14-U squad and has scored 19 goals in 16 games. Dunbar will compete with the 2017 id² National Selection team.
- Daniel Edelman (M), Warren, N.J. – Edelman has been at the Players Development Academy since 2015, spending time with the 13-U and 14-U teams. Edelman will compete with the 2017 id² National Selection team.
- Max Goeggel (M), San Francisco, Calif. – Goeggel scored two goals for the id2 National Selection team against FC Barcelona and then used that momentum to play internationally for Stuttgart in Germany.
- Ryan Hikida (D), Issaquah, Wash. – After performing as a strong cog in the backfield in Spain, Hikida has been with the ISC Gunners FC 16-U team.
- Bryang Kayo (M), Montgomery Village, Md. – Kayo joined the Bethesda SC-Olney 13/14-U team during the 2015-16 season and earned a spot with the 14-Us for 2016-17. Kayo was a two-time id² National Selection participant, having also competed on the 2015 team.
- Kawika Kelii (F), Waianae, Hawaii – In 2016, Kawika Kelii represented the U.S. at the 15-U level while also a member of the Maui United SC.
- Wyatt McCarthy (M), New York, N.Y. – McCarthy moved to New York City FC’s 14-U team in 2016-17 after competing with Manhattan SC.
- Alfredo Moran Loera (F), Chula Vista, Calif. – The forward plays for the San Diego Surf and has gone between the 14-U and 15/16-U teams during the 2016-17 season.
- Thomas Musto (M), Makawao, Hawaii – After playing with FA Maui, Musto has been participating with Surf Hawaii FC.
- Matthew Owusu (D), Finksburg, Md. – Owusu has played for Baltimore Celtic FC and the McDonogh High School soccer team.
- Nicola Rosamilia (M), Roseland, N.J. – Rosamilia is a member of the 14-U team at Ironbound, a New Jersey-based soccer club.
- Derrick Silva (D), Tucson, Ariz. – Despite being two years younger than many of his teammates and opponents, Silva is competing at the 17-U level for Tanque Verde SC.
- Luis Toledo (D), Longmont, Colo. – A member of FC Boulder, Toledo was the only player from Colorado to be selected to the id2 team.
- Andrew Tong (D), Chelmsford, Mass. – Tong is a member of the GPS Massachusetts 15-U team.
This concludes the “where are they now” series of id2 National Selection team. Stay tuned for coverage of the 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour, April 6-17. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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