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 2011 id2 National Selection International Tour to England and Scotland occurred Feb 17-27. The tour featured matches against youth academy teams from Manchester City FC, Everton FC and Celtic FC.
Off the pitch, the athletes attended the Old Firm match, where they saw Rangers FC take on their arch rival Celtic FC. The players also attended an EPL match between Manchester United and Wigan FC as well as a Liverpool FC U-18 game.
The second annual id2 National Selection tour’s roster was comprised of 18 boys born in 1997.
Twelve players from the 2011 id2 National Selection International Tour team have played collegiate level soccer. So far, six players from the roster are playing professionally, with five in MLS and one in Liga MX. Five of those players went straight from high school to professional leagues.
- Chet Castellaw (D), Hidden Hills, Calif. – As a member of the 2010 id2 National Selection team, Chet Casetellaw was featured on the 14-U U.S. National Team in 2011. As a freshman in 2015, he appeared in all of California State University, Northridge’s 19 matches with seven starts. Over the past few years, Casetellaw has made headlines off the pitch.
- Jeremy Colvin (F/M), Houston Texas – The 2011 id2 National Selection Tour’s captain participated in a trial with Liverpool FC Academy in 2011, before being named captain of Texas Rush Development Academy’s U-16 and U-18 teams. Colvin began playing for Princeton University in 2015. In 2017, The forward/midfielder led the team with five goals, while his three assists also matched the team high.
- Stephen Elias (F), Rye, N.Y. – While playing in the New York Red Bulls Academy, Elias participated in West Ham United Academy training sessions, where he was personally invited to try-out for the U-18 Academy trials by Tony Carr, West Ham United’s former director of youth development. The forward has gone on to play for North Carolina State University, where he has accumulated one goal and five assists to the end of his redshirt sophomore campaign.
- Cesar Farias (M), Santa Rosa, Calif. – After playing with the U.S. U-14 and U-15 Youth National Teams, Farias has played his collegiate career at Harvard University. Through his first three seasons, the attacker has started in 17 of his 44 appearances while scoring two goals and assisting three. (Editor’s note: Farias was also featured in this usclubsoccer.org article about his hometown club of Atletico, Santa Rosa).
- Collin Fernandez (D), Downers Grove, Ill. – In 2014, Collin Fernandez signed with the Chicago Fire, becoming the club’s fifth homegrown player ever. He spent the next three years with the Fire before going on loan to three USL clubs. After the 2017 season, Fernandez was listed No. 18 on the USL’s top 20 players under 20 years old. After signing in late December, Fernandez awaits his debut with Phoenix Rising FC. Fernandez also played on the U.S. U-18 and U-20 national teams, before joining Peru’s U-20 national team in 2016. In 2010, Fernandez was a member of the 2010 id2 National Selection team.
- Nicholas Giordano (GK), East Northport, N.Y. – A product of the New York Red Bulls Academy, Giordano’s collegiate career got underway in 2015, when he enrolled at Loyola University Maryland. He would see action in one match as a freshman before transferring to SUNY Buffalo for his sophomore season. In 2017, The keeper played every minute in goal for SUNY Oneonta. He amassed 1770 minutes in 19 games between the posts, allowing 14 goals with an 86 percent saves percentage and nine shutouts.
- David Godinez-Chavez (D), Redwood City, Calif. – While playing for the U.S. U-18 National Team, Godinez-Chavez declined an offer from UCLA to play professionally in Liga MX with Club Tijuana.
- Malcolm Jones (D), Chino Hills, Calif. – After substantial experience representing the U.S. National Team on the 14-U, 15-U, 16-U, 17-U, 18-U and 20-U levels, Jones joined the LA Galaxy Academy and enrolled to play at UCLA. The defender made a big splash in his first game at UCLA, when he scored the game winning goal in a 1-0 victory over New Mexico. Jones is coming off of his junior collegiate season while also being featured in LA Galaxy II matches. According to LA Galaxy’s official website, Jones is regarded as the top center back prospect in the Galaxy.
- Matthew McCarthy (D/M), Armonk, N.Y. – As a New York Red Bulls Academy player in 2013-14, McCarthy captained his squad to a Northeast Academy Championship before he began playing for Cornell University in 2015.
- Abuchi Obinwa (M), Gotha, Fla. – Upon being named the 2013 U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s U-15/16 Central Conference Player of the Year, while playing for PSG affiliate, Chicago Magic PSG, Obinwa signed a professional contract with German club Hannover 96. In January 2017, the midfielder came home to play domestically, signing with Columbus Crew SC before becoming a free agent following the 2017 season. Obinwa also has represented the U.S. National Teams at the 15-U, 16-U, 17-U, 18-U and 20-U level.
- Ricardo Oliveros (F), Weston, Fla. – Subsequent to playing two years of collegiate soccer and registering one goal and four assists at the University of Louisville, Oliveros transferred to UCF, where he scored one and assisted one, with seven starts in 15 games.
- Logan Panchot (M/D), Wildwood, 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 Top Drawer Soccer’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.
- Tommy Redding (D), Oviedo, Fla. – Upon graduating high school, Redding became Orlando City SC’s first ever homegrown signing. He started multiple games for them in their final season competing in the USL. In 2015, he was loaned to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL before returning to Orlando City to play two MLS seasons. In January, 2018, Redding was traded to the New York Red Bulls where he is expected to see regular minutes. The defender also currently plays for the U.S. U-20 National Team after being a top player on U-18 National Team rosters. (Editor’s Note: Redding was interviewed in this usclubsoccer.org video + article about his id2 experience).
- Shannon Seymour (M), Bourbonnais, Ill. – With five seasons in the Chicago Fire Development Academy under his belt, Seymour received offers to play for many collegiate soccer powerhouses including, Stanford, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, and Wake Forest. Seymour chose to stay closer to home and play at Northwestern University. Seymour has scored a goal through 25 appearances in the first two seasons of his collegiate career. The midfielder has also played for the U-18 U.S. National Team.
Shannon Seymour of @chicagofire on the field at the final scrimmage of the Chicago Combine ready to #turnheads pic.twitter.com/5EUkU5gFh1
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 11, 2013
- Kevin Silva (M), 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 U-17 team with four clean sheets. The keeper began collegiate playing soccer for UCLA in 2016 and started every match in 2017.
- Benny Swanson (M), Grove City, Ohio – In 2014, Swanson became the Columbus Crew’s ninth and youngest ever homegrown signing. After his time with their Development Academy Team beginning in 2010, Swanson would begin practicing with the senior team in September, 2014 before making his MLS debut on June 1, 2016. In December, he became a free agent, severing his 12-year tie with Columbus Crew. Swanson has been called up and played multiple games for the U-18 and U-20 U.S. National Teams, captaining an 18-U match against Canada.
- Sam Swanson (M), Charlottesville, Va. – Swanson was a product of the Richmond Strikers Development Academy and was listed amongst the 2015 Boys IMG Academy top 150 players.
- Sean Wilson (M), Bethlehem, Pa. – Prior to his 2017 season at Xavier University, Wilson was ranked the number four overall soccer prospect in the class of 2015. A product of the Philadelphia Union Academy, the midfielder has worked his way up the U.S. youth national team ladder, competing in the 14-U through 20-U level. Wilson recorded one assist in his first season at Xavier, as a redshirt sophomore, after playing at North Carolina for two years.