2014 id2 NSIT


The 2014 id2 National Selection International Tour to Italy, Feb. 27-March 10, included challenging matches against ACF Fiorentina, FC Inter Milan and Juventus FC. Although success isn’t necessarily measured by wins and losses in this intensive player development environment, the 2014 id² National Selection is the only team of its kind to win all its matches abroad. The delegation also participated in various sight-seeing activities and attended a professional game.

This was the final programming element of the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2000, which included four id2 Training Camps held during 2013.

The roster (found below) consisted of 17 boys born in 2000 and one born in 2001, representing 15 different clubs.

News / Coverage:


No Position Name Hometown Club Birth Year
10 M/F George Acosta Hialeah, Fla. Weston FC 2000
11 F/M Valentino Ambrosio Roselle Park, N.J. New York Red Bulls 2000
2 D Zico Bailey Henderson, Nev. Heat FC 2000
00 GK Alex Budnik Arlington Heights, Ill. Sockers FC Chicago 2000
14 D Kelee Cornfield-Saunders San Marcos, Calif. DMCV Sharks SC 2000
6 F/M Sebastian Cruz Kerman, Calif. Cal Odyssey SC 2000
12 M/D JJ Foe Nuphaus San Jose, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes 2000
7 F/M Nico Garcia-Morillo Key Biscayne, Fla. Weston FC 2000
15 M Diego Gonzalez Las Vegas, Nev. Heat FC 2000
16 M Colin Innes Olathe, Kan. Sporting KC 2000
17 D Curtis Johnson Daniel Island, S.C. SC United Mount Pleasant 2000
9 F Ricky Mendez San Rafael, Calif. Marin FC 2000
8 M Jacob Muchnick Newport Beach, Calif. LA Galaxy 2000
4 D Ben Ofeimu West Bloomfield, Mich. Vardar SC 2000
1 GK Hunter Pinho Cranford, N.J. PDA 2000
5 D Carlo Ritaccio Westbury, N.Y. BW Gottschee 2000
3 D/F Tristan Weber San Clemente, Calif. LA Galaxy 2000
18 D Joey Zarra Cheshire, Conn. Oakwood SC 2001

Head of Delegation: Mike Sweeney (Independence, Ohio)
Head Coach: Gerry McKeown (Summit, N.J.)
Assistant Coach: Benjamin Ziemer (Sebastopol, Calif.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Matt Bernard (Roseville, Calif.)
U.S. Soccer Scout: Tony Meola (Toms River, N.J.)

Game schedule:

IMG_2452(1)id2 National Selection [7] vs. AC Siena Giovanissimi Regionali [0]
Monday, March 3 | Florence, Italy | 4 p.m. CET

id2 National Selection [3] at ACF Fiorentina Giovanissimi Regionali [1]
Tuesday, March 4 | Florence, Italy | 3:30 p.m. CET

id2 National Selection [0] at FC Inter Milan Giovanissimi Regionali [0]
Thursday, March 6 | Centro Sportivo Giancito Facchetti; Milan, Italy | 3:45 p.m. CET

id2 National Selection [2] at Juventus FC Giovanissimi Regionali [0]
Friday, March 7 | Juventus Training Center; Turin, Italy | 6:30 p.m. CET