15 Mar 2013 id2 National Selection boys team: Where are they now?
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 eight articles in an ongoing series looking back at the boys players who have participated in id² National Selection programming, as the 2018 id2 National Selection International Tour approaches. A series featuring girls players will be released prior to the 2018 ECNL/ id2 National Training Camp.
The 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain was held Feb. 28-March 11. The tour featured matches against youth academy teams from Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Girona FC. Off the pitch, the athletes attended a LaLiga match at Barcelona’s famed Camp Nou, where they saw FC Barcelona host Deportivo de La Coruna.
The id2 National Selection roster was comprised of 17 boys born in 1999 and one born in 2000.
All 18 players from the 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour team are either playing professionally, Division I collegiate soccer or at the upper levels of their respective Development Academy programs.
- Tyler Adams (D), Wappingers Falls, N.Y. – Adams has made enormous progress recently. In July 2015, he made his first team debut with the New York Red Bulls, also scoring a goal that game. Later that year, he represented the U.S. at the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups. In 2017, Adams became a mainstay on the Red Bulls’ first team and also earned a call-up to the U.S. men’s national team in Nov. 2017 against Portugal.
- Andrew Aprahamian (D), Exton, Pa. – Aprahamian enjoyed a national championship season as a freshman with Stanford. In Oct. 2016, he played against Ecuador’s U-20 national team, adding to previous experience with the U.S. U-15 and U-16 teams earlier in his youth development.
- Carlos Avilez (GK), Dallas, Texas – Avilez was invited to Mexico’s U-20 national team camp in Jan. 2018. He is a member of the FC Dallas U-19 academy team.
- Omar Beltran (M), Garland, Texas – Beltran continues his strong play with the Dallas Texans U-17/18 academy, playing in 24 games so far this season.
- Josh Burnett (M), Glen Ridge, N.J. – Burnett played all 18 games for the University of Connecticut, earning a spot on the AAC All-Rookie Team. In 2015, he was a member of the U-17 Trinidad national team during qualifying.
- Jose Carranza (M), Manassas, Va. – After coming up through D.C. United’s U-17/18 team, signed his first professional contract with NASL’s North Carolina FC in Aug. 2017. He’s also participated with the U.S. U-18 team.
- Lucas del Rosario (F), Durham, N.C. – After playing with the Capital City RailHawks Academy and the U.S. U-16 squad, del Rosario joined the University of North Carolina. During his freshman year, he played in 15 matches, scoring four goals and adding three assists.
- Jonathan Gonzalez (M), Santa Rosa, Calif. – Gonzalez is no doubt a rising star. The 18 year old plays for Monterrey, making his first team debut in Aug. 2017 – and he hasn’t looked back. Gonzalez has dual citizenship and is expected to contend for a spot on Mexico’s World Cup roster.
- 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. In April 2017, Gruno played in the 2017 Slovakia Cup for the U.S. U-18s.
- Edwin Lara (F/D), San Leandro, Calif. – Lara was named one of the best 60 young players by The Guardian in 2016. In Aug. 2017, Lara started and played all 90 minutes for Pachuca’s first team in a Copa MX game.
- Anthony Markanich (D), Bourbonnais, Ill. – Markanich is a defender with the Chicago Fire Academy and has committed to play collegiately for Northern Illinois University.
- Trey Muse (GK), Louisville, Ky. – The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper has already made his mark as a freshman for Indiana University. He started all 25 matches, leading the NCAA with 18 shutouts, goals-against average (.260), save percentage (.903) and goalkeeper minutes played. He is a member of the U.S. U-18 men’s national team, trained with Seattle Sounders FC 2 in the USL and played for the Sounders’ academy team before moving to the Midwest.
- Will Rojas (M), New Brunswick, N.J. – Rojas has been entrenched in the New York Red Bulls’ academy. On the U-15/16 team, Rojas has notched a goal in 10 games and six starts through Feb. 2018. He posted impressive high school stats for New Brunswick High School, including 17 goals and seven assists in 2016.
- Cody Sundquist (M), Lincoln, Calif. – Sundquist announced his commitment to play collegiately at UCLA in January 2018. The decision came after mulling international options, as well. His resume includes trials for Liverpool and AC Fiorentina and U-18 U.S. national team training.
- Nick Taitague (M), Midlothian, Va. – Taitague has been training with FC Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga since 2016. In March 2017, he got his first taste of the full team during a training camp. The speedy winger is an integral part of the U-19 Schalke squad, and on the U.S.’s radar as part of “the core of the U-20 national team for the 2019 cycle.”
- Adolfo Trujillo (F), Livermore, Calif. – In 2015, Trujillo had a two-week tryout with Liverpool before coming back to the San Jose Earthquakes’ academy, where he has played for the past three seasons. As a forward on the U-18/19 team, he scored five goals through the first 15 games.
- Samuel Vines (D), Colorado Springs, Colo. – In February 2018, Vines became the Colorado Rapids’ sixth Homegrown player in franchise history. The 18-year-old defender signed a three-year contract. Vines joined the Rapids academy as a 13 year old, eventually earning recognition among the National Development Academy Best XI in 2017.
- Timothy Weah (F), Rosedale, N.Y. – Weah debuted with the Paris Saint-Germain first team in early March 2018 at the age of 18. Fifth months before that, Weah and a pair of 2014 id2 National Selection alumni represented the U.S. at the U-17 World Cup in New Delhi.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles on the id2 National Selection teams from 2014-17. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed here.
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