22 Jul 2015 id2 National Selection girls 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 five articles in an ongoing series looking back at the girls players who have participated in id² National Selection programming, as the 2018 Nike ECNL/id2 Training Camp approaches. Top performers from id² Training Camps every year are invited to National Selection opportunities. For boys, that involves an annual international trip to play top youth academies around the world. For girls, that involves a world-class domestic camp with both ECNL and id² standouts. A series featuring boys players was released leading up to the 2018 National Selection International Tour this past March.
In the third holding of the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp, 16 girls born in 2000 converged at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, July 28-31.
As added to the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp in 2014, the 2015 training camp also scrimmaged two clubs. The id2 girls National Selection defeated an older Washington Select, 6-0, before drawing NorCal PDP, 2-2. Full match recaps are available here.
Along with scrimmages, the players participated in a combination of training sessions, competitions and off-the-field presentations, while U.S. Soccer staff scouted players for potential inclusion in National Team programming. The team was treated to special talks from U.S. Women’s National Team members Tobin Heath and Allie Long, and a surprise visit from Kobe Bryant.
- Chai Cortez (D), Wailuku, Hawaii – Cortez has played for many U.S. Women’s and Youth National Team levels, as advanced as U-17. She will begin her collegiate career at Oregon University for the 2018 season.
- Kaya Frazier (F), Rochester Hills, Mich, – Since appearing for the U-17 U.S. Women’s National Team in 2016, Frazier has committed to play at the University of Michigan next year.
- Danielle Hansen (GK), Broomfield Colo. – Hansen will play at the University of Washington as of this fall and has been included in the U-14 and U-16 national teams.
- Rebecca Jarrett (F), Washington Township, N.J. –Upon graduating in 2o18, Jarrett is preparing to begin her collegiate career at the University of Virginia. She has played for multiple levels of U.S. Girls National Teams, including U-18 earlier this year.
- Alex Keohan (D), Acton, Mass. – Keohan will begin her collegiate career at Princeton University in the fall. She has played club soccer for FC Stars of Massachusetts.
- Catiana Lychywek (F), Plano, Texas – Since appearing on U-15 and U-16 National Teams, Lychywek has decommitted to Princeton University, and committed to play at Texas A&M in the fall.
- Madison Murphy (GK), South Grafton, Mass. – After finishing her club career at FC Stars of Massachusetts, Murphy has committed to play at Boston College in 2018.
- Jenna Nighswonger (M), Huntington Beach, Calif. – Before committing to play at Florida State University this fall, Nighswonger had already appeared in the midfield for U-16 and U-17 National Teams when she was 14-years-old. She also won the 2015 ECNL national championship and now plays for the U-18 Women’s National Team.
- Sarah Piper (D), The Woodlands, Texas – Piper is preparing to begin her collegiate career at Duke University after playing with the Houston Dash Youth Development Academy team and recently traveling to Austraila to play three matches with the U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team.
- MacKenzie Pluck (F), North Wales, Pa. – Alongside Piper, Pluck has also committed to play at Duke University this fall after graduating from Germantown Academy. She was an All-American in 2017 and has appeared for the U-16 18 U.S. Women’s National Team.
- Amanda Rapduski (M), Algonquin, Ill. – Rapuduski has played on the U.S. 16-U national team and committed to Butler ahead of the 2018 season.
- Venecia Juarez (F), – Tustin, Calif. – Juarez has played for U-15 and U-16 Women’s National Teams and has committed to Princeton before the 2018-19 season.
- Kailey Smith (M), Lake Forest, Calif. – Since appearing for the U-14 National Team, Smith has finished her club career at West Coast FC and committed to play at the University of Texas.
- Haleigh Stackpole (MF), Sanford, N.C. – Upon graduating high school with a perfect GPA, Stackpole will play collegiate soccer at University of Mississippi. She trained at U-14 U.S. Women’s National Team camps.
- Jordan Taylor (F), Wadsworth, Ohio – With scholarship offers from Tennessee, Duke, Texas, Florida, and UNC, Taylor picked UNC, before decommitting and committing to Howard University. She has played for national teams at multiple levels as high as U-17.
- Jillian Wachira (D), Plainsboro, N.J. – Wachira has committed to play at Harvard University, starting next season, and has played in games for the U-15 U.S. Women’s National Team.
Stay tuned for upcoming articles on the id2 National Selection girls teams from 2016-17. More information on US Club Soccer’s id2 Program can be accessed here.
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