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 eight articles in an ongoing series looking back at the boys players who have participated in id² National Selection programming, as the 2018 id2 National Selection International Tour approaches. A series featuring girls players will be released prior to the 2018 ECNL/ id2 National Training Camp.
The 2012 id2 National Selection International Tour was held Feb. 17-27 in Spain. The third-ever id2 international tour featured matches against youth academy teams from FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, RCD Espanyol and UE Cornellá.
When their cleats were off, the athletes attended two LaLiga matches: Valencia at FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona at Atlético Madrid, and toured FC Barcelona’s L’Estadi Camp Nou and Atlético Madrid’s Estadio Vicente Calderon.
The roster was comprised of 18 boys born in 1998.
Fourteen players from the 2012 id2 National Selection Tour have played collegiate soccer and six players currently play professionally. Four of these players bypassed collegiate soccer and went directly to the professional leagues, including U.S. Soccer icon Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic, 19, has already left his mark on U.S. Soccer history and the international soccer scene. In 2015, at only 16 years old, the Pennsylvania native signed with Borussia Dortmund, one of the most successful clubs in German soccer history. By 2016, he was starting on Dortmund’s first team and playing an integral role in their attack. After being named U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Young Male Player of the Year, Pulisic registered seven goals and six assists in thirteen 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. Thanks to his unwavering confidence on the pitch, the midfielder/winger has set a multitude of records for the USMNT and Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic is the:
- Youngest USMNT player to appear in a World Cup qualifying match on March 29, 2016 (17 years, 193 days old)
- Youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga on April 17, 2016 (17 years, 211 days)
- Youngest non-German to score two goals in the Bundesliga on April 24, 2016 (17 years, 218 days)
- Youngest player ever to score for the USMNT (17 years, 253 days)
- Youngest U.S. player to score in a World Cup qualifying match (17 years, 349 days)
- Youngest U.S. player to score two goals in a World Cup qualifying match (17 years, 349 days)
- Youngest USMNT player to appear in a UEFA Champions League Match (17 years, 361 days)
- Youngest USMNT player to record an assist in a UEFA Champions League Match (17 years, 361 days)
- Youngest USMNT player to score in a UEFA Champions League Match (18 years, 171 days)
- Harry Adanuty (D), Cary, N.C. – After receiving an invitation to the U.S. Soccer Training Center in 2013, Adanuty played for CASL Railhawks Academy before beginning his collegiate career with N.C. State University in 2016.
- Christian Albelo (MF), Clarksville, Tenn. – Albelo has played for Marquette University, the U-16 and U-17 U.S. National Teams, in Bundesliga Academy clubs, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Kaiserslautern, and in 2016 signed with Sporting KC’s USL affiliate club, Swope Park Rangers before becoming a free agent in 2017.
- Danny Barbir (F), Macungie, Pa. – Since signing his first professional contract with English club West Bromwich Albion in 2015, Barbir has played for Stoke City, where he scored a goal for their 23-U team, and USL club, Whitecaps FC 2. In February, the defender signed a three year plus deal with Romania based club, Astra Giurgiu. He has also represented the U.S. U-17 and U-19 Youth National Teams, and appeared in the 2015 U-17 World Cup.
- George Braima (MF), Columbus, Ohio – After recording three goals and eight assists as a freshman at Tyler Junior College, en route to winning the 2016 NJCAA Division I Championship, Braima and TJC repeated as national champions in 2017.
- Chaz Burnett (D), Glen Ridge, N.J. – As a freshman for Montclair State University in 2017, Burnett started nine games, recording 10 goals and eight assists while being named the NJAC Rookie of the Week twice.
- Jonathon Navarro (F), San Jose, Calif. –After an impressive performance in the 2014 7-UP Sueno Alianza National Finals, Navarro received five contract offers from Liga MX clubs and seven other training invitations. He currently plays for Liga MX club Santos Laguna’s affiliate league (Liga Premier) club.
- Matthew Olosunde (MF), Trenton, N.J. – Before signing with Manchester United, Olosunde developed in the New York Red Bulls Academy. He rescinded his verbal commitment to Duke University to sign with Manchester United, where he currently plays right-back for the 23-U team in the Premier League 2. Olosunde has also traveled to Premier League matches with the Manchester United first team and represented the U.S. in the 2015 U-17 World Cup.
- J. Palazzolo (D), O’Fallon, Mo. – In 2015, Palazzolo was pronounced the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year, Missouri Player of the Year and USSDA Youth All-American, before starting his collegiate career with Indiana University. He recorded two assists in 10 appearances as a freshman before redshirting the 2017 season.
- Logan Panchot (MF), St. Louis, Mo. – With only a year of collegiate soccer experience at Stanford University under his belt, Panchot already boasts an impressive resume. Coming off of Stanford’s 2017 national championship season, which saw Panchot notch two goals and one assist, and defeat his brother, Austin in the NCAA final), Panchot was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s 2017 Best XI Freshman Second Team. The wide midfielder was also a member of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program from 2013-16 and captained a U.S. U-17 National Team match in Panama.
- Christian Pulisic (MF), Hershey, Pa. – See above for more on the explosive attacker’s potential to become one of U.S. Soccer’s best-ever men’s players.
- Elijah Rice (F), Highland Park, Ill. – Rice developed through the ranks of the Real Salt Lake Academy and scored 18 goals in 15 games to earn the Golden Boot as the U-18 Development Academy national leading scorer, before receiving an invitation to the U-17 National Team Residency Program to train for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. He was ranked College Soccer News’ 20th overall prospect in the nation and 34th overall by TopDrawerSoccer. The forward currently plays for Washington University, notching eight goals and two assists through his sophomore campaign.
- Juan Riley (D), Weston, Fla. – Since developing in the Weston FC Development Academy and playing for Guatemala in U-17 World Cup Qualifiers, Riley has began his collegiate career at UC Riverside.
- Chad Sahinkaya (D), Colleyville, Texas – Sahinkaya played four years of varsity soccer for Grapevine High School, while playing for the Dallas Texans at the club level.
- Kevin Silva (GK), Bethlehem, Pa. – As a consistent starter for the U-17 and U-19 U.S. National Teams, Silva won the Golden Glove award in the 2013 Nike International Friendlies Tournament, en route to leading the 17-U team with four clean sheets. The keeper began collegiate playing soccer for UCLA in 2016 and started every match in 2017.
- Jack Skahan (MF), Memphis, Tenn. – As a Philadelphia Union Development Academy product, Skahan was ranked the 34th overall player in the 2016 class by College Soccer News, before beginning his collegiate career with the University of North Carolina. As a sophomore in 2017, the midfielder appeared in all of UNC’s 22 games, starting 17 and recording two goals and three assists.
- Raheem Taylor-Parkes (F), Wesley Chapel, Fla. – In 2016, the University of Virginia freshman recorded three assists, the second most on the team, before signing an amateur contract with USL club, Bethlehem Steel. The forward was also tied for the Philadelphia Union Academy top goal scorer in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and has represented the U-15 and U-17 Canadian National Teams.
- Suniel Veerakone (D/MF), Caledonia, Mich. – Since being named one of the top 11 players in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference in 2015, Veerakone is playing for Duke University, where he was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2016. The midfielder tallied three goals and five assists with 16 starts in 17 appearances.
- Andrew Verdi (GK), Ivyland, Pa. – Having represented the U-18 U.S. National Team, and been ranked as the 3rd best player in Pennsylvania by TopDrawerSoccer, Verdi started in goal in the first 13 matches of University of Michigan’s 2017 season. The sophomore registered a 71 percent save percentage and two clean sheets.