04 Apr 2016 id2 National Selection girls team: Where are they now?
By Heather Rule and Paul Patane
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.
Sixteen elite girls players born in 2001 represented the id² Program at the 2016 ECNL/id² National Training Camp, July 28 – Aug. 1.
This was the fourth year of the National Selection programming element for the girls id² Program with the event being hosted at the University of Portland and the prestigious Nike World Headquarters.
The players represented 15 clubs and 10 states and were selected based on their performances in id² Training Camps and other events in 2015. The players incurred no costs to participate in the camp, as all costs including airfare, lodging, meals and training gear were covered by US Club Soccer and Nike.
At the camp, the players participated in a combination of training sessions, competitions and off-the-field presentations, and U.S. Soccer staff scouted players for potential inclusion in National Team programming.
Three players from the 2016 id² National Selection girls roster have already committed to Division I soccer programs and several have been invited to U.S. Soccer youth training camps.
- Marissa Arias (F), San Antonio, Texas – Arias was named the San Antonio Express-News’ Newcomer of the Year in 2016. She made the All-District team and led her Brandeis High School squad with 24 goals as a freshman.
- Madison Ayson (D), Rocklin, Calif. – In addition to competing for San Juan SC, Ayson has a 4.0 GPA as a student at Rocklin High School. She’s a U.S. Soccer training camp invitee.
- Jennifer Bartlett (MF), Albany, N.Y. – Bartlett joined the Guilderland High School varsity soccer team in the eighth grade and never looked back. She plays for FC Stars of Massachusetts and was on the U.S. 15-U women’s national team.
- Brooke Berdan (D), Superior, Colo. – An early commit to Auburn, Berdan is a U.S. Soccer training program invitee and was on the U.S 15-U national team. While at Fairview High School, she’s been an All-Region and All-State selection.
- Caroline Conti (F), Greenville, S.C. – A member of Carolina Elite, Conti was a 14-U national team selection. She’ll graduate from J.L. Mann High School in 2019 before heading to Clemson University.
- Alisa Crooks (GK), Green Acres, Wash. – Crooks was a member of the 15-U national team in the fall and plays for Colorado Rush.
- Maya Doms (MF), Davis, Calif. – Doms is a member of Davis Legacy SC and will graduate from high school in 2019. A member of the 15-U national team, she is committed to Stanford.
- Sierra Dunphy (D), Carlsbad, Calif. – Dunphy was a member of the 15-U national team and competes for San Diego Surf.
- Kayleigh Goodrich (MF), Hicksville, N.Y. – Goodrich plays for East Meadow SC and Hicksville High School, where she’ll graduate from in 2019.
- Halle Mackiewicz (GK), Broomfield, Colo. – Playing for Real Colorado, Mackiewicz has been on the 15-U women’s national team and a U.S. Soccer training program invitee. She will graduate from Legacy High School in 2020.
- Bridget Mitchell (F), Lake Forest, Ill. – From 2014-16, Mitchell was a state cup champion in Illinois. She’s part of Lake Forest High School’s Class of 2020, plays for Lake Forest SA and is a U.S. Soccer training program invitee.
- Megan Nielsen (F), Oklahoma City, Okla. – Nielsen has competed for the Dallas Sting and plans to play at Oklahoma after graduating from Deer Creek High School in 2019.
- Jane Olcott (MF), Potomac, Md. – In addition to being a member of Bethesda SC, Olcott represents Churchill High School. She’ll graduate in 2019.
- Alexandra Palangi (MF), Arroyo Grande, Calif. – A member of the 14-U and 15-U national teams, Palangi is also a Colorado recruit. She is a U.S. Soccer training program invitee and will graduate from Arroyo Grande High School in 2019.
- MacKenzee Vance (MF), Blufton, S.C. – A UCLA commit, Vance has competed for the 15-U and 16-U national teams, in addition to being a U.S. Soccer training program invitee.
- Hannah White (F), Atlanta, Ga. – As a freshman, White helped lead Pace Academy to a state title. A member of the 14-U and 15-U national teams, she’ll play at Southern California.
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 (boys), April 6-17. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed at usclubsoccer.org/id2.
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