CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 26, 2019) – For the first time in id2 Program history, the delegation of the id2 National Selection International Tour will travel to Belgium and France to play top academy clubs, including a match against Paris Saint-Germain. The group, made up of 18 of the top boys players born in 2005, will also be immersed in culture with excursions throughout the neighboring countries.
In total, the 2019 id2 National Selection International Tour spans March 29-April 9. Of the 18 players, there are 17 clubs and 13 states represented, and one-German based athlete. For the 10th consecutive year, id2 Boys Program Director Gerry McKeown will lead the team, which has played the likes of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, Inter Milan, Everton, Celtic, Atletico Madrid and Ajax over the years.
|8||Braxton Arpachinda||M / F||Sterling Heights, Mich.||Nationals||2005|
|9||Sebastian Carbajal||F||Napa, Calif.||Napa United 1839 Academy||2005|
|7||Anthony Castor||M / F||Kansas City, Kan.||Soccer Nation KC Academy||2005|
|3||Haroun Conteh||D||Glendale, Ariz.||Phoenix Rising FC||2005|
|17||Stevie Davis||M||Doylestown, Pa.||Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals||2005|
|16||Dominic Dubon||F||Sparrows Point, Md.||Philadelphia Union Youth||2005|
|10||Damian Espinoza||F||Adelanto, Calif.||Apple Valley SC Storm||2005|
|11||Daniel Farberov||F||Summit, N.J.||STA||2005|
|18||Gregory “Dan” Jackson||M||Honolulu, Hawaii||FC Hawaii||2005|
|4||Alexander Lopez Hernandez||D||Mesa, Ariz.||Phoenix Rising FC||2005|
|5||William Lulka||D||New York, N.Y.||Manhattan SC||2005|
|15||Brooklyn Raines||M||Oak Lawn, Ill.||Barca Academy (Ariz.)||2005|
|00||Jacob Rivera||GK||Reno, Nev.||Players SC||2005|
|14||Matthew Robinson||M||Floral Park, N.Y.||Barca Academy New York||2005|
|1||Noah Thomas||GK||Dublin, Ohio||Ohio Premier SC||2005|
|12||Ruwan Thoumoung||D||Wolfsburg, Germany||VfL Wolfsburg||2005|
|6||Joel Torbic||M||State College, Pa.||Allegheny Force FC||2005|
|2||Gino Valenti||D||Pittsboro, N.C.||Wake FC||2005|
|Head of Delegation||Eddie Henderson||Issaquah, Wash.|
|Head Coach||Gerry McKeown||Summit, N.J.|
|Assistant Coach||Ian Mork||Sebastopol, Calif.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Tyler Stakiwicz||Nutley, N.J.|
|US Club Soccer – VP, Competitions||Leo Garcia||Mount Pleasant, S.C.|
|US Club Soccer – Sr. Director of Operations||Greg Hutton||Mount Pleasant, S.C.|
|US Club Soccer – Sr. Manager of Communications||Tyler Heffernan||Johns Island, S.C.|
|Athletic Trainer||Chris Young||Annandale, Va.|
|Videographer||Taylor Kruse||Columbus, Ohio|
The 2019 id2 National Selection International Tour is a multi-faceted trip, which includes a brief domestic camp in New Jersey and stops in Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France. The delegation will train in top facilities and play friendlies against academy clubs, highlighted by a match against PSG 2005s. Additionally, the team will attend a Ligue 1 game and enjoy various cultural activities. More specifics about the tour schedule will be available on usclubsoccer.org in the coming weeks.
The 2019 id2 National Selection International Tour represents the final id2 programming element for boys born in 2005. It concludes an age group cycle that featured numerous identification and development opportunities, including Player Development Program (PDP) events and id2 Training Camps.
Nike continues to be an influential supporter of this international tour – and the id2 Program in general. “We are looking forward to embarking on another European journey of discovery,” McKeown said. “We get to learn a lot about these players while being tested by the world's best. More importantly, the players learn a lot about themselves. Sometimes these experiences can be the catalyst for self belief.”
Numerous id2 National Selection alumni have advanced to the highest levels of the sport, including Christian Pulisic (2012), Jonathan Gonzalez (2013), Tyler Adams (2013), Corey Baird (2010), Collin Fernandez (2010), Matthew Olosunde (2012), Tommy Redding (2011), Ben Swanson (2010) and Timothy Weah (2013). Stay tuned to usclubsoccer.org for the latest edition of the annual “id2 where are they now” series, detailing the rosters from previous international trips.
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. The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
In addition to Nike, Premier International Tours is offering its resources to enhance the 2019 id2 National Selection International Tour – serving as an on-site liaison for the duration of the trip.
Players are selected based on extensive scouting and participation in the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2005, which included several Player Development Program (PDP) events and three id2 Training Camps held in 2018.
US Club Soccer’s id2 Program has previously toured Europe for nine of the 10 international trips, including England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland and Spain.
As has been the case in past international trips, video journals will be made available from Belgium and France. Video journals from past trips are available here: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010.
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.