07 Dec Seven id2 National Selection alumni competing in NCAA men’s soccer Final Four
Editor’s Note: The photo above shows the 2010 id2 National Selection team. Leo Garcia, Vice President of Competitions, contributed to this report.
The NCAA Division I men’s soccer national semifinal includes seven players who previously participated in an id2 National Selection International Tour.
Three are competing for the University of North Carolina (17-3-1): Lucas del Rosario, David Mejia and Jack Skahan. The Tar Heels’ opponent is Indiana (17-0-6), of which Trey Muse has id2 ties.
On the other side of the bracket, Stanford (17-2-2) features a trio of id2 alumni in its quest to defeat Akron (18-3-2): Andrew Aprahamian, Corey Baird and Logan Panchot. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday, Dec. 8, and the national championship takes place Sunday, Dec. 10.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Stanford for winning the national championship against Indiana.
Baird and Mejia were members of the inaugural id2 National Selection International Tour in 2010, which was held in the Netherlands and Germany. Those two, plus 13 others, played youth academy teams of Borussia Dortmund, AFC Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
Panchot participated in the 2011 international trip to England and Scotland. That squad played the likes of Everton FC, Celtic FC and Manchester City FC.
Panchot also joined the 2012 id2 National Selection International Tour, alongside Skahan (and Christian Pulisic). This was the id2 Program’s first trip to Spain, and this time around, the team played UE Cornellà, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.
Aprahamian, del Rosario and Muse played with the 2013 international team that returned to Spain. The young Americans competed against Infantil A squads of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Girona FC.
Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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