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 inaugural id2 National Selection Tour took place Feb. 5-14, 2010 across the Netherlands and Germany. The athletes competed in matches against academy teams from AFC Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Aside from gameplay and on-the-field training, the players indulged themselves in joining the local fans in the stands at the FC Twente vs. Ajax Eredivise match and the 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Vfl Bochum Bundesliga game, walking tours through multiple European cities, and a tour of the renowned Amsterdam ArenA, where the U.S. Men’s National Team would fall 2-1 to to the Netherlands in an international friendly just two weeks after the international tour’s conclusion.
The first-ever id2 National Selection roster was comprised of 15 boys born in 1996 and three born in 1997.
Sixteen players from the 2010 id2 National Selection International Tour team have played collegiate level soccer. So far, six players from the roster are playing professionally, with five in the MLS. Three of those have been homegrown signings to MLS teams, while two were first round picks in the MLS SuperDraft.
- Corey Baird (M), Escondido, Calif. – Wrapping up his collegiate career with three consecutive national championships, Corey Baird saw an impressive four years at Stanford University and became an integral leader in the team’s historic run of titles. After tallying 16 goals and 28 assists in 77 collegiate match appearances, making an All-Pac-12 First Team, two Second Teams and spending time with the U-20 and U-23 U.S. National Teams, Baird became Real Salt Lake’s 15th homegrown club signing on Jan. 5, 2018.
- Anthony Calvo (M), Ceres, Calif.- After scoring a remarkable goal to give the 2010 id2 Selection Team the lead against Borussia Dortmund, Anthony Calvo would become an elite player in the Northern California High School Soccer scene. Calvo’s 29 assists in his senior 2013 season tied for the most in the state. His six goals on top of that saw him make the Western Athletic all-conference second-team.
- Chet Castellaw (D), Hidden Hills, Calif. –Chet Casetellaw was featured on the U-14 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 also made headlines off the pitch.
- Walker Dawkins (M), Royal Palm Beach, Florida – Since earning two Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel All-Country First Teams in high school, Walker Dawkins played collegiate soccer for the University of Central Florida, where he was a consistent starter in the midfield. He now plays for Tormenta FC in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League.
- 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.
- Justin Fiddes (M), San Diego, Calif. – Coming off an excellent four-year career at University of Washington, Fiddes was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. During his senior collegiate season, the defender started all 20 matches and earned second team United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division 1 All-Far West Region honors, while also being named an All-Pac 12 honorable mention. His time of 3.84 seconds was the fastest recorded 30-meter run at the MLS combine.
- Declan McCabe (M), Weston, Mass. – On top of scoring four goals and earning three Big East All-Academic team honors in his four-years at Georgetown University, McCabe concluded his Big East career in fairy-tale fashion, when he brought the Hoyas the 2017 Big East Soccer Championship and a ticket to the NCAA Tournament, with an exquisite 22-yard golden goal free kick in extra time. McCabe also attended camps and was in the residency program with the U-14, U-15 and U-17 National Teams, while playing internationally in seven different countries.
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- David Mejia (D), Weston, Fla. – The defender played for Weston FC for seven years and captained the U-16 and U-18 teams. He was named to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy _-15/16 End of Year Best XI in 2013. Mejia has played collegiate soccer for University of North Carolina Chapel Hill since 2015 and has recorded two assists.
- Robbie Mertz (M), Pittsburgh, Pa. – After earning many state and national honors, such as the 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania, and 2014 NSCAA All-American, in high school, Mertz began playing for the University of Michigan in 2015. In his junior season in 2017, the midfielder led his team in minutes played, while being the only Wolverine to start every match, en route to earning Second Team All-Big Ten mentions. He has recorded seven goals and eight assists through his first three collegiate campaigns.
- Dolu Oyewole (D), Waldorf, Md. – Oyewole began his collegiate soccer career in 2013 at High Point University, where he played 11 games and recorded two assists. The defender then moved to Loyola University Maryland for his sophomore year, where he started 12 games.
- Carter Richardson (GK), Dublin, Ohio – During his high school playing career, Richardson earned recognition and many accolades as a standout goalkeeper. While being named a 2014 All-American, he was the third-ranked goalkeeper in the country, and 30th ranked player overall. Richardson played for the U.S. U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 national teams, and was named a member of the U.S. U-17-U Residency Program. The Ohio native’s collegiate career began at Wake Forest University. After redshirting his freshman year, he transferred to Columbia University, where he just completed his sophomore year.
- Mark Segbers (M), St. Louis, Mo. – After an illustrious career at the University of Wisconsin that saw Segbers start at least 15 matches in each of his four seasons, Segbers was selected by the New England Revolution with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The midfielder/defender finished his collegiate career with 16 goals and 22 assists in 72 starts. He also collected two-Second Team All-Big Ten Conferences, Big Ten Conference All-Academic, and Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team honors.
- 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 U-18 match against Canada.
- Ade Taiwo (F), Raleigh, N.C. – Since being named an NSCAA All-American and North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012, Taiwo has had a rough spell of injuries. After rupturing his ACL in late 2012, the forward would go on to play for North Carolina State University. As a freshman in 2014, he recorded one assist before his season ended prematurely due to injury. In 2017, Taiwo returned from a second ACL tear. He started nine matches, recording two goals and four assists as a redshirt junior.
- Shota Takada (F), Honolulu, Hawaii – In 2012-13, Takada participated in the LA Galaxy Academy, before beginning his collegiate career with University of Nevada Las Vegas. In his fist three seasons, the forward has scored three goals and assisted two, while starting a total of 32 games in his sophomore and junior campaigns.
- Brandon Tetro (M), Freehold, N.J. – Tetro played for the New York Red Bulls Development Academy Team, where he won the 2012 U-16 National Championship and was a member of the U-14/15 national team pool and U.S. U-17 Residency Program, before playing for Rutgers University. In 58 matches over the course of his four-year collegiate career, Tetro notched 27 starts, one goal, and four assists.
- Logan Ventura (D), Pittstown, N.J. – Ventura began playing for Babson College in 2014. Although he missed his entire sophomore season due to injury, Ventura started 49 of the 53 games he appeared in, including every game his junior and season year. Moving up the pitch from defense to the midfield as as a freshman, the New Jersey native finished his senior campaign with four goals and five assists.
- Wesley Wade (D), South Orange, N.J. – Since scoring 10 goals with New York Red Bulls U-18 between 2013-15, Wade completed two full years of residency for the U-17 National Team, before playing forward for the University of Virginia. In his sophomore season in 2016, Wade played in every match, scoring all five of his goals off the bench, which is the most by a UVA player off the bench since 1992.