VIDEOS: 2017 id2 National Selection team continues MIC playoff run in Spain

VIDEOS: 2017 id2 National Selection team continues MIC playoff run in Spain

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COSTA BRAVA, Spain | The second and third video journals of the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour highlight the id² team’s group stage games, in which it won all three in shutouts.

The first video journal of the trip was posted Thursday, which included footage from the first week of the journey in New Jersey and Girona, Spain.

Unique to this year’s trip is that the id² squad is participating in the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC), instead of various friendlies. The tournament provided opportunities to play group stage games against Spanish, Chinese and Israeli teams, April 12-13.

In the opener on April 12, the id² National Selection team handled CDAFB Tegueste (Canary Islands), 3-0, behind a pair of first half goals – 9th and 19th minutes – from Caden Clark (Minnesota Thunder Academy). The first goal came off a rebound of Cameron Dunbar’s (Albion SC) shot. Ten minutes later, Clark gathered the ball in front of the goal and powered a bicycle kick into the back of the net. Diego Luna (San Jose Earthquakes) finished a cross from Dominic Vegaalban (Sacramento Republic FC) in the 45th minute.

The id² National Selection team played a doubleheader on April 13, beginning with a morning match against Shangwen-Nama 2004 (China). Roald Mitchell (PDA) scored three goals, and Mwinso Denkabe (Juventus SC) and Vegaalban notched a pair of goals apiece in a 7-0 result.

In the afternoon, the boys finished their group stage with another shutout, defeating Hapoel Ramat Gan (Israel), 4-0, in a decisive showing. Vegaalban scored in the first minute, Mitchell added two goals and Luna tallied another.

Although not included in the second and third video journals, the id² National Selection team has gone on to win its first and second round MIC playoff games against UD Perfeccionamiento Global (Spain), 4-0, and Club Gimnastic de Manresa (Spain), 1-0. During the first round game against Perfeccionamiento, Kevin Sliva (FC Portland) broke open the scorebook in the 4th minute and then Denkabe tallied a goal 12 minutes later. Vegaalban and Riley Lynch (SC Del Sol) tacked on second half goals.

In the nightcap of the playoff doubleheader on April 14, the id2 team edged Manresa with a 37th minute goal by Vegaalban. Gavin Krenecki (Sacramento Republic FC) was strong in goal in the shutout. Through five games and one scrimmage in Spain, goalkeepers Krenecki and Santiago Davila (FC Wisconsin Nationals) have combined to not allow a goal from any opponents – and certainly with assistance from a formidable back line of defenders.

With those victories, the team enters the quarterfinals against FC Inter Milan, Saturday at 10 a.m. local time. This will be the second time an id² National Selection team has played FC Inter Milan, as the 2014 squad that traveled to Italy played Inter to a 0-0 final.

Be sure to “follow” @USClubSoccer on Twitter for continued, live coverage from Spain.

The id2 National Selection International Tour is the final programming element of the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2003. This trip is organized through strong support from Nike, as well as LaLiga and Premier International Tours.

Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, there is no cost to players. The id² Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.


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