Eighteen players have been named to the first-ever id2 National Selection International Tour for top girls players born in 2005. The delegation, which represents 14 clubs from 10 states around the country, will travel to England to play top academies in a multi-faceted, international immersion that combines elite soccer opportunities with cultural experiences. The 2020 id2 National Selection International Tour takes place March 13-24 for both the boys – 2006 birth years (roster announcement here) traveling to England and Scotland – and girls teams.
|1||Layla Armas||GK||San Ramon, Calif.||Mustang SC||2005|
|4||Hailey Baumann||D||South Lyon, Mich.||Michigan Hawks||2005|
|0||Liya Brooks||GK||Kaneohe, Hawaii||Surf SC Hawaii||2005|
|8||Gabrielle Ceballos||MF||San Antonio, Texas||Classics Elite||2005|
|11||Mila Erceg||MF||Weston, Fla.||FC Prime||2005|
|9||Bella Field||F||Leawood, Kan.||Kansas Rush||2005|
|14||Avery Galante||MF||Hubbardston, Mass.||FC Stars||2005|
|18||Jordan Gary||MF||Collinsville, Ill.||St. Louis Scott Gallagher||2005|
|5||Lizzie Heller||D||Roswell, Ga.||Concorde Fire||2005|
|6||Grace Ivey||MF||St. Johns, Fla.||Florida Elite||2005|
|10||Riley Jackson||MF||Roswell, Ga.||Concorde Fire||2005|
|12||Katie Mallory||MF||Avondale Estates, Ga.||Concorde Fire||2005|
|2||Mia McSweeney||F/D||Roseville, Calif.||San Juan SC||2005|
|7||Samantha Smith||F/MF||Boise, Idaho||Boise Thorns||2005|
|3||Lauren Sphabmixay||D||Stockton, Calif.||California Cougars||2005|
|15||Frankie Valverde||F/MF||Grafton, Mass.||FC Stars||2005|
|16||Amelia Van Zanten||D||Buffalo Grove, Ill.||Eclipse SC||2005|
|17||Lizzie Vranesh||D||Alamo, Calif.||Mustang SC||2005|
|Head of Delegation||KC Crabb||Point Venture, Texas|
|Head Coach||Tricia Taliaferro||Cooper City, Fla.|
|Assistant Coach||Stuart Self||Houston, Texas|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Matt Bernard||El Dorado Hills, Calif.|
|US Club Soccer – Director of Events||Alexandra Rieben||Charleston, S.C.|
|US Club Soccer – Director of Communications||Tyler Heffernan||Charleston, S.C.|
|Athletic Trainer||Nicholas Bier||Kewaskam, Wis.|
|Videographer||Liam Jordan||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
The 18 players selected for this trip will begin their journeys in northern New Jersey, as the team acclimates to each other in a brief domestic camp. Then, the id2 National Selection girls team travels across the pond to Manchester, where it will be based for four days, before transferring to London for the remainder of the tour.
“This is an historic moment for the id2 Program,” said Tricia Taliaferro, id2 Girls Program Director. “The girls that make up the roster of the first-ever id2 girls international trip will be tasked with setting the standard for years to come. We intend to make our mark, and represent this program and our country well while in the U.K.”
This id2 National Selection International Tour is a combination of friendlies against top English academies and sightseeing excursions – valuable for both soccer and personal growth of these talented players. There will be four matches in England and one scrimmage during the domestic camp in New Jersey. Those opponents will be announced soon.
Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, the organization is funding the trip in conjunction with the strong support of Nike; there is no cost to players, including airfare, lodging, meals and gear. Verizon has also become the presenting sponsor of the id2 Program and is supporting both international trips. More details on the Verizon partnership are coming soon. The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation. Premier International Tours is assisting with travel logistics.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.