18 Mar 2016 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 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 two years removed from this experience, 13 players from the 2016 id2 National Selection roster are playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Most are entrenched in U.S. Soccer youth national team pools, and one is playing internationally.
- Charlton Alonso (GK), Paramus, N.J. – Alonso won the Allstate “Good Hands” top goalkeeper award in May 2016 and earned an invite to the New York Red Bulls Academy. Red Bulls scouts praised his ability to organize and command his team.
- Erik Centeno (D), Stockton, Calif. – Centeno moved to Sacramento Republic FC in 2015 after being a member at the Earthquakes East Valley FC. He joined the 14-U’s for the 2016-17 season and earned recognition on TopDrawerSoccer’s “Boys DA Weekly Standouts” in Feb. 2018.
- Gandhi Cruz (GK), Aurora, Ill. – After competing solely for his academy in Chicago, Cruz joined his local high school and immediately made an impact. Shortly after his participation on the id2 National Selection team in Spring 2016, he also traveled to a tournament in Argentina.
- Jack de Vries (M), Wayne, Pa. – De Vries was at Beach FC before moving to the Philadelphia Union Academy in 2015. He spent the 2016-17 season with the 14-U squad, earning an invitation to U. Soccer’s U-15 training camp in Nov. 2016.
- Cameron Dunbar (F), Chula Vista, Calif. – Also a member of the 2017 id2 National Selection team, Dunbar has been thriving with the LA Galaxy academy. As a forward on the U-16/17 squad, Dunbar has earned spots on TopDrawerSoccer’s “Boys DA Weekly Standouts” list in late February and again in early March.
- Daniel Edelman (M), Warren, N.J. – Edelman played on the 2016 and 2017 id2 National Selection teams, taking on more of a leadership role in Spain in 2017. He was one of 64 players selected to U.S. Soccer’s first boys national team Futures Camp in May 2017, which featured 2002 and 2003 birth years.
- Max Goeggel (M), San Francisco, Calif. – Goeggel has been playing internationally for Stuttgart in Germany. He was called up to the 17-U team for the 2017 Nike International Friendlies. In 2016, he competed with the 15-U U.S. boys national team in Croatia and Argentina in international tournaments.
- Ryan Hikida (D), Issaquah, Wash. – Hikida performed admirably on the back line in Spain and returned home to the ISC Gunners FC in the Pacific Northwest.
- Bryang Kayo (M), Montgomery Village, Md. – Kayo was a two-time id2 National Selection participant, having also competed on the 2015 team. This season, he’s competing with the D.C. United U-16/17 team, starting 13 of the first 16 games.
- Kawika Kelii (F), Waianae, Hawaii – In 2016, Kawika Kelii received a pair of call-ups to U.S. Soccer – once at the 14-U and another at the 15-U levels.
- 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. He played in 25 games, starting 15.
- Alfredo Moran Loera (F), Chula Vista, Calif. – So far this season, Moran Loera has played two games with San Diego Surf’s 18/19-U team and 11 with the 16/17-U squad.
- Thomas Musto (M), Makawao, Hawaii – After playing with FA Maui and Surf Hawaii FC, Musto joined the Portland Timbers academy. He has played in 16 games so far this season, starting in half of those contests.
- Matthew Owusu (D), Finksburg, Md. – Owusu played for Baltimore Celtic FC and the McDonogh High School soccer team before ultimately joining Baltimore Armour.
- Nicola Rosamilia (M), Roseland, N.J. – Rosamilia has continued to hone his skills with Ironbound SC in New Jersey.
- Derrick Silva (D), Tucson, Ariz. – After competing with the 17-U team at Tanque Verde SC, Silva joined the Real Salt Lake academy. So far this season, Silva has started in 15 of the first 18 games.
- Luis Toledo (D), Longmont, Colo. – Toledo remains at FC Boulder, where he and his teammates competed at the 2016 NPL Finals.
- Andrew Tong (D), Chelmsford, Mass. – Previously a member of GPS Massachusetts, Tong joined FC Boston Bolts. Through the first 14 games this season, he has started 10 times.
Stay tuned for the final article in this series (about 2017) looking back at the id2 National Selection boys teams. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed here.
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