The inaugural id2 National Selection International Tour, held Feb. 5-14 in the Netherlands and Germany, was highlighted by games against youth academy teams from AFC Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmund. In addition to on-the-field training and game play, the tour included walking tours of several European cities, attendance at the FC Twente vs. Ajax Eredivisie game and the 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Vfl Bochum Bundesliga contest, and a tour of the famed Amsterdam ArenA, where the U.S. Men’s National Team faced the Netherlands in an international friendly two weeks after the id2 National Selection’s departure.
The team was comprised of 15 boys born in 1996 and three born in 1997.
id2 National Selection 1 at Quick Den Haag C1 0
Sunday, Feb. 7 | Den Haag, Netherlands | 10 a.m. CET
id2 National Selection 3 at AFC Ajax C2 2
Tuesday, Feb. 9 | Ajax Training Complex; Amsterdam, Netherlands | 5:15 p.m. CET
id2 National Selection 0 at PSV Eindhoven C1 6
Thursday, Feb. 11 | PSV Training Complex; Eindhoven, Netherlands | 4:30 p.m. CET
id2 National Selection 3 at Borussia Dortmund C1 6
Saturday, Feb. 13 | Borussia Dortmund Training Complex; Dortmund, Germany | 12 p.m. CET
|Player Name||Accolades||College/Pro Club|
|Corey Baird||Appeared in 77 matches in four years at Stanford; three-time NCAA National Champion; U15, U17, U18, U20 and senior US National Team experience; 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year.||Stanford/Real Salt Lake|
|Anthony Calvo||Unknown; to submit info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chet Castellaw||Appeared in 19 matches as a freshman at CSUN; U14 US National Teamexperience.||Cal State, Northridge|
|Walker Dawkins||Started 17 matches at UCF as a freshman (2014); appeared in 17 matches as sophomore (2015); started all 16 matches as a junior (2016); played inevery game as a redshirt senior in 2018 after being sidelined by injury in 2017; US Youth National Team experience; coaches boys soccer at Monteverde Academy in Florida.||University of Central Florida|
|Collin Fernandez||Signed a pro contract in 2014; has played for Louisville City FC, ChicagoFire, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Phoenix Rising FC, and Saint Louis FC||Tacoma Defiance (USL)|
|Justin Fiddes||Started 62 of 70 matches in four years at Washington; selected 17th overallin the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC; played with Fresno FC in 2018 and signed with LA Galaxy II in the summer of 2018||University of Washington/LA Galaxy II (USL)|
|Declan McCabe||Played two years at Georgetown before signing with Swansea University inSouth Wales in 2018; U14, U15 and U17 US Youth National Team experience.||Georgetown/Swansea University FC|
|David Mejia||Played for four years as a midfielder at the University of North Carolina.||North Carolina|
|Robbie Mertz||Played at Michigan for four years; First Team All-Big Ten (2018); selected76th in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft; this is his second season with Pittsburgh.||Michigan/Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USL)|
|Dolu Oyewole||Started 7 games for High Point before transferring to Loyola UniversityMaryland. Appeared in 16 games for Loyola as a sophomore (2014).||High Point/Loyola|
|Carter Richardson||High-school All-American; redshirted his freshman year at Wake Forest (2015) before transferring to Columbia University; rostered at Columbia in 2016 and 2017; US Youth National Team experience.||Wake Forest/Columbia|
|Mark Segbers||Appeared in 77 matches in four years at Wisconsin; 2014 Big TenAll-Freshman Team; played for the New England Revolution, OrangeCounty SC, and Swope Park Rangers. He now plays for Memphis 901.||Wisconsin/Memphis 901 (USL)|
|Benny Swanson||Signed with Columbus Crew in 2015 and was loaned to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds until 2017; plagued by injuries throughout his pro career; U18 and U20 US National Team experience.||Columbus Crew/Pittsburgh Riverhounds|
|Ade Taiwo||2014 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year; High-school All-American; appeared in 54 matches in five years at NC State (medical redshirt).||NC State|
|Shota Takada||Appeared in 68 games in four years at UNLV.||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|Brandon Tetro||Appeared in 61 matches over four years at Rutgers; U14 and U15 US Youth National Team experience.||Rutgers|
|Logan Ventura||Played in 53 matches over three years at Babson (medically redshirted sophomore year, 2015).||Babson College|
|Wesley Wade||Golden Boot Winner at the AGS Cup in Spain in 2011; played two years at Virginia; U14, U15 and U17 US Youth National Team.||Virginia|
|4||M||Corey Baird||Escondido, Calif.||San Diego Surf||1996|
|15||M||Anthony Calvo||Ceres, Calif.||Turlock FC||1996|
|6||D||Chet Castellaw||Hidden Hills, Calif.||Real So Cal||1997|
|8||M||Walker Dawkins||Royal Palm Beach, Fla.||West Pines United||1996|
|19||D||Collin Fernandez||Downers Grove, Ill.||Chicago Fire Juniors||1997|
|18||F||Justin Fiddes||San Diego, Calif.||San Diego Surf||1996|
|12||M||Declan McCabe||Weston, Mass.||MPS||1996|
|9||D||David Mejia||Weston, Fla.||Weston FC||1996|
|14||M||Robbie Mertz||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Century United||1996|
|5||D||Dolu Oyewole||Waldorf, Md.||Freestate SA||1996|
|1||GK||Carter Richardson||Dublin, Ohio||Team Ohio||1996|
|20||F||Mark Segbers||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Scott Gallagher||1996|
|10||M||Benny Swanson||Grove City, Ohio||Team Ohio||1997|
|17||F||Ade Taiwo||Raleigh, N.C.||Triangle FC||1996|
|7||F||Shota Takada||Honolulu, Hawaii||Honolulu Bulls||1996|
|11||M||Brandon Tetro||Freehold, N.J.||PDA||1996|
|2||D||Logan Ventura||Pittstown, N.J.||PDA||1996|
|3||D||Wesley Wade||South Orange, N.J.||New Jersey Rangers||1996|
Head Coach: Gerry McKeown (Summit, N.J.)
Assistant Coach: Benjamin Ziemer (Sebastopol, Calif.)
Date: Feb. 7, 2010
Kickoff time: 10 a.m. CET
Location: Quick Den Haag Complex; Den Haag, Netherlands
Result: id2 National Selection 2, Quick Den Haag C1 0
57th min. | Wesley Wade (Declan McCabe)
67th min. | Ade Taiwo (Corey Baird)
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 id2National 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.