13 Apr VIDEO: 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour underway, id2 squad wins first two MIC matches
COSTA BRAVA, Spain | In just a week, the 2017 id² National Selection team has completed a brief domestic camp in New Jersey, traveled to Spain and won its first two contests, including its first two Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) games against Spanish and Chinese opponents.
The first video journal chronicling the early stages of the trip, April 6-11, is now available. In the coming days, US Club Soccer will publish a variety of video journals, including those highlighting each MIC match.
Although not included in this video, the id² National Selection team defeated CDAFB Tegueste (Canary Islands) Wednesday morning, 3-0, behind goals from Caden Clark (Minnesota Thunder Academy) in the 9th and 19th minutes and Diego Luna (San Jose Earthquakes) in the 45th minute. Cameron Dunbar (Albion SC) and Dominic Vegaalban (Sacramento Republic FC) assisted on the first and final goals, respectively.
“If every player outworks their opponent, we will win the game,” Gerry McKeown, head coach and id² director, told the team before the MIC opener. “It’s a fact; we don’t give in.”
The trip officially began April 6 when 18 players from all the country gathered in New Jersey for a two-and-a-half day domestic camp. In addition to training sessions, the squad participated in scrimmages against teams from PDA and New York Club Soccer League PDP.
On April 9, the delegation arrived in Barcelona and then immediately transferred to Girona, where the team was based for two days. During those two days, the team competed in a scrimmage against Unió Girona Infantil A, explored La Catedral de Girona and participated in recovery and training sessions.
On April 11, the id² National Selection team walked to a park in Girona to do yoga and juggling competitions before a short transfer to Platja D’Aro, where the group stays for the remainder of the trip.
The id2 National Selection International Tour is the final programming element of the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2003. This trip is organized through strong support from Nike, as well as LaLiga and Premier International Tours.
Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, there is no cost to players. The id² Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
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