DEN HAAG, Netherlands – Goals by Wes Wade (South Orange, N.J. / New Jersey Rangers) and Ade Taiwo (Raleigh, N.C. / Triangle FC) propelled US Club Soccer’s id2 National Selection (1996-97s) to a 2-0 win over Quick Den Haag’s C1 team (1995s) Sunday morning.
The team trained together only one time before taking the field on Sunday, but after a back-and-forth first half, the visiting id2 National Selection applied increasing pressure and outshot Quick Den Haag by a 10-3 margin in the second half.
Wade started off the scoring in the 57th minute when he put a through ball from Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass. / MPS) past the goalkeeper.
A 67th-minute insurance tally was added with the help of Corey Baird (Escondido, Calif. / San Diego Surf), who accelerated past his defender around the corner and cut the ball back to an onrushing Taiwo, who made no mistake from 10 yards out.
Goalkeeper Carter Richardson (Dublin, Ohio / Team Ohio) earned the win in goal and made several quality saves, including one on a dangerous free kick just outside the 18-yard box towards the end of the first half.
After the game, the team had lunch with their opponents and interacted at the Quick Den Haag clubhouse before taking in AFC Ajax’s 3-0 victory over FC Twente in a battle of two of the best teams in the Eredivisie at Amsterdam ArenA, the same venue which will host the U.S. Men’s National Team on March 3 in an international friendly against the Netherlands.
The id2 National Selection has one day of training before its next game, Tues., Feb. 9 against AFC Ajax’s C1 team in Amsterdam.
Date: Feb. 9, 2010
Kickoff time: 5:15 p.m. CET
Location: Ajax Training Complex; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Result: id2 National Selection 3, AFC Ajax C2 2
id2 National Selection Scoring:
17th min. | Corey Baird (Chet Castellaw)
38th min. | Wesley Wade (Collin Fernandez)
61st min. | Ade Taiwo (Corey Baird; Benny Swanson)
AMSTERDAM – US Club Soccer’s id2 National Selection (1996-97) earned its second win in as many games Tuesday evening, a 3-2 defeat of Ajax C2 (1996).
Photos from the game are available, as are the first two video journal installments (Feb. 7 and Feb. 9 editions).
“This afternoon’s game against Ajax was a great opportunity for the [players] as we knew it would be,” said Gerry McKeown, US Club Soccer’s id2 Boys’ Program Director and head coach of the id2 National Selection. “The result maybe could have been a little bit easier for us. During the end of the game they put a lot of pressure and took a lot of risks. Overall, it was pretty exciting for our boys to be able play and also beat a team like Ajax.”
Corey Baird (Escondido, Calif./San Diego Surf) gave the id2 National Selection a 1-0 lead at halftime with a goal in the 17th minute on an assist from Chet Castellaw (Hidden Hills, Calif./Real So Cal).
It did not take the id2 National Selection long to increase that lead once they came out of the locker room at halftime, as Wesley Wade (South Orange, N.J./New Jersey Rangers) ran onto a ball from Collin Fernandez (Downers Grove, Ill./Chicago Fire Juniors) and tucked the ball away for a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the second half.
Ade Taiwo (Raleigh, N.C./Triangle FC) added what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 61st minute on assists from Baird and Benny Swanson (Grove City, Ohio/Team Ohio FC).
Ajax stormed back and added goals in the 62nd and 67th minutes, putting the id2 National Selection under heavy pressure, but the final whistle blew to secure the win for the Americans.
The id2 National Selection held a slight advantage in shots (10-9), while both squads took six corner kicks.
Wade and Taiwo have scored in each of id2 National Selection’s first two games.
The squad ate both a pre-game meal and post-game dinner in the Ajax clubhouse, experiencing the complete European soccer experience on- and off-the-field.
After a Wednesday morning regeneration session, the squad will return to Amsterdam for a tour of Amsterdam ArenA and the city.
The id2 National Selection travels to PSV Eindhoven on Thurs., Feb. 11 for its third of four games on the trip.
Date: Feb. 11, 2010
Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m. CET
Location: PSV Training Complex; Eindhoven, Netherlands
Result: id2 National Selection 0, PSV Eindhoven C1 6
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Coming off a 3-2 win over Ajax C2 (1996), US Club Soccer’s id2 National Selection (1996-97) battled hard against an older-age PSV Eindhoven C1 squad (1995-96) on Thursday, but came up short by a 6-0 scoreline.
“[PSV Eindhoven] was an excellent team in terms of technique, movement, alertness,” said head coach Gerry McKeown. “They had all the qualities of a really solid team. It was a good opportunity for our guys to see where we need to be. It was a great experience. I hope the boys learn from it, and it’s very valuable for their career.”
Photos from the game are available, as are video journal installments.
The id2 National Selection travels to Germany to take on DVD Dortmund on Sat., Feb. 13, in the finale of the 2010 international tour.
Date: Feb. 13, 2010
Kickoff time: 12 p.m. CET
Location: BVB Dortmund Training Complex; Dortmund, Germany
Result: id2 National Selection 3, BVB Dortmund C1 6
id2 National Selection Scoring:
1. Anthony Calvo (unassisted)
2. Brandon Tetro (penalty kick)
3. Corey Baird (Wesley Wade)
DORTMUND, Germany – US Club Soccer’s id2 National Selection (1996-97) concluded its tour with a 6-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on a snow- and ice-covered field Saturday afternoon.battled hard against an older-age PSV Eindhoven C1 squad (1995-96) on Thursday, but came up short by a 6-0 scoreline.
Anthony Calvo’s highlight-reel goal provided an early 1-0 lead for the Americans, but BVB Dortmund rallied in the second half for the win.
Highlights from the game can be seen in the five-part video journal series.