19 Mar 2017 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 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain was held April 6-17. The tour was different than any of its predecessors, as this id2 National Selection team participated in a tournament: the Mediterranean International Cup.
In the end, the squad surrendered zero goals in seven matches – though ultimately falling in the quarterfinals to Inter’s top academy team in penalty kicks. The MIC provided a diverse group of opponents. Including its final Italian foe, the id2 National Selection team faced squads from China, Israel and Spain.
The id2 National Selection roster was comprised of 15 boys born in 2003, two born in 2002 and one born in 2004.
Fourteen players from the 2017 id2 National Selection International Tour team are playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and several are mainstays in the U.S. Soccer youth national team pool.
- Jacob Bergin (M), Rocky River, Ohio – Bergin joined the D.C. United U-15 academy team. Through the first two games, he scored once, starting both matches. In Aug. 2017, Bergin joined three fellow 2017 id2 National Selection alumni at a U.S. U-14 national team camp in Portland, Ore.
- Logan Calpito (F), Ewa Beach, Hawaii – Calpito impressed as a durable defender, earning an invitation to the 2018 id2 National Selection International Tour. In 2017, Calpito moved from Hawaii to the Washington, joining the Pacific Northwest SC U-14 academy team. Through the squad’s first four games, he has started three and scored once.
- Matteo Carbone (M), Scotts Valley, Calif. – In Fall 2017, Carbone played with Santa Cruz Breakers Academy U-15 team.
- Caden Clark (M), Medina, Minn. – In Aug. 2017, Clark participated in a U.S. U-14 national team camp in Portland, Ore. Less than a year later, Clark competed in the first U.S. Soccer Men’s YNT Summit Camp, featuring 16-U through 20-U age groups. He participated in the 16-U group in that camp.
- Santiago Davila (GK), Wauwatosa, Wis. – Davila earned his 2017 id2 National Selection spot through a strong performance at a Spring id2 Training Camp the previous year. He remains with the FC Wisconsin Nationals, helping the team earn a 2017 NPL Finals berth.
- Mwinso Denkabe (F), Los Altos, Calif. – Denkabe is thriving in the Development Academy with Juventus Sport Club’s U-15 team. He played with the U-13 and U-14 teams in 2016-17 before being elevated to the U-15 squad this season, where he is scored 14 goals in 23 games. In the past five months, he’s earned recognition on the TopDrawerSoccer Boys DA Weekly Standouts list four times.
- Cameron Dunbar (F/M), Chula Vista, Calif. – Dunbar, who also played on the 2016 id2 National Selection team, is a member of the LA Galaxy Academy U-16/17 team, playing in 21 games so far and scoring five times. The previous two seasons, he played with Albion SC. Dunbar has heated up as of late, earning a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer Boys SA Weekly Standouts list in back-to-back weeks in late February/early March 2018.
- Daniel Edelman (M), Warren, N.J. – Edelman also played on the 2016 id2 National Selection team. The fearless defender has started all 15 games so far this season for PDA’s U-15 academy team. He was one of six defenders selected in the 2003 birth year to participate in U.S. Soccer’s first-ever Boys National Team Futures Camp in May 2017.
- Gavin Krenecki (GK), Fair Oaks, Calif. – In Aug. 2017, Krenecki participated in a U.S. U-14 national team camp in Portland, Ore. Less than a year later, Krenecki competed in the first U.S. Soccer Men’s YNT Summit Camp, featuring 16-U through 20-U age groups. He participated in the 16-U group in that camp. Most recently, Krenecki participated in a U.S. U-16 national team camp in Carson, Calif., where he and 35 other players competed against LA Galaxy and Club Tijuana players.
- Diego Luna (F), Sunnyvale, Calif. – Luna is making the most of his post-id2 National Selection days. As a member of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, Luna has played with the U-15s and U-16/17s this season, notching 11 goals in 21 games between the two age groups. In Jan. 2018, he played with the U-16s in a U-16 vs. U-17 game with the U.S. Soccer youth national teams. TopDrawerSoccer has considered him a standout in Development Academy and USYNT action four times in a three-month span. Alongside two other 2017 id2 National Selection alumni, Luna just finished competing in a U.S. U-16 national team camp in California.
- Riley Lynch (F), Chandler, Ariz. – Lynch continues to play with the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks. He earned his spot on the 2017 id2 National Selection roster after impressing in the Dec. 2016 id2 Training Camp in Arizona.
- David Mejia (M), Lima, Peru – Meija punched his ticket to Spain after a strong Spring 2016 id2 Training Camp in North Carolina. Mejia joined the U-15 academy team of Armada FC in Florida. Like a handful of his 2017 #id2Spain peers, he has also made the TopDrawerSoccer weekly standouts list.
- Roald Mitchell (F/M), Montclair, N.J. – Mitchell has logged minutes with the U-15 and U-16/17 Development Academy teams of PDA in 2017-18. After scoring 11 goals in 15 games at the younger age group, he was promoted to the older division.
- Joshua Negrete (D), Clifton, N.J. – Negrete played with Cedar Stars Academy the previous two seasons, before joining New York City FC this season. He has played with the U-16/17 and U-18/19 teams.
- Kevin Sliva (D), Beaverton, Ore. – A member of the often-impenetrable back line of the 2017 id2 National Selection team, Sliva joined the Portland Timbers Academy, starting at center back. Recently, he mimicked a goal he had in the first round of the MIC playoffs in 2017 when he headed in a corner kick against the Seattle Sounders Academy.
- Joel Sobalbarro (D/M), Trenton, N.J. – Sobalbarro plays with Match Fit Academy FC in New Jersey.
- Kobey Stoup (M), Montgomery, Ala. – Previously with Capital City Streaks in Montgomery, Ala., Stoup joined Atlanta United. Last summer, he was captain and “made a big impression” at the Montreal International U-14 Tournament. He’s also earned standout status from TopDrawerSoccer four times since Nov. 2017.
- Dominic Vegaalban (F), Rockland, Calif. – In Aug. 2017, Vegaalban participated in a U.S. U-14 national team camp in Portland, Ore. Most recently, Vegaalban participated in a U.S. U-16 national team camp in Carson, Calif., where he and 35 other players will compete against LA Galaxy and Club Tijuana players. He also earned recognition on TopDrawerSoccer’s Boys Development Academy Standouts list in late October.
Stay tuned for coverage of the 2018 id2 National Selection team. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed here.
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