18 Players Named to US Club Soccer Roster for Spain Trip
US Club Soccer’s 2017 id² National Selection roster was announced on Monday as the squad prepares for an international tournament in Spain next month. The Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) kicks off on April 12th in the northeast coast of Spain at the Costa Brava. Premier International Tours will help with the arrangements.
Youth Soccer News: US Club Soccer announced the roster for its the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour that will travel to Spain, April 6-17, for the 17th annual Mediterranean International Cup (MIC).
The trip signifies the conclusion of the id² age group cycle targeting 2003 boys. Players were selected from id² Training Camps and Player Development Program (PDP) events.
The MIC takes place on the northeast coast of Spain at the Costa Brava, featuring the best clubs and national academy teams in the world. In its 16-year history, top teams like Brazil National Selection, FC Barcelona, FC Inter Milan, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Mexico National Selection and Real Madrid CF have all competed in the tournament. Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Gerard Piqué and other world renowned soccer stars have taken the field of MIC.
2017 id² National Selection Roster
|Jacob Bergin||M||Rocky River, Ohio||Cleveland United SC|
|Logan Calpito||F||Ewa Beach, Hawaii||Rush Hawaii|
|Matteo Carbone||M||Scotts Valley, Calif.||Santa Cruz Breakers Academy|
|Caden Clark||M||Medina, Minn.||Minnesota Thunder Academy|
|Santiago Davila||GK||Wauwatosa, Wis.||FC Wisconsin Nationals|
|Mwinso Denkabe||F||Los Altos, Calif.||Juventus SC|
|Cameron Dunbar||F/M||Chula Vista, Calif.||Albion SC|
|Daniel Edelman||M||Warren, N.J.||PDA|
|Gavin Krenecki||GK||Fair Oaks, Calif.||Sacramento Republic FC|
|Diego Luna||F||Sunnyvale, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Riley Lynch||M||Chandler, Ariz.||SC del Sol|
|David Mejia||M||Lima, Peru||Univ. San Martin de Porres|
|Joshua Negrete||D||Clifton, N.J.||Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen|
|Kevin Sliva||D||Beaverton, Ore.||FC Portland|
|Joel Sobalbarro||D/M||Trenton, N.J.||Match Fit Academy|
|Kobey Stoup||M||Montgomery, Ala.||Capital City Streaks|
|Dominic Vegaalban||F||Rocklin, Calif.||Sacramento Republic FC|
|Patrick Weah||F||Maple Grove, Minn.||Twin Stars Academy|
The tournament officially kicks off on April 12th and concludes with the championship round on April 16th. Prior to the event, the id² National Selection team will begin its journey in New Jersey with a domestic camp from April 6-8. The team will arrive in Barcelona on April 9 and then will transfer to the city of Girona for training sessions over the following two days. Finally, on April 11, the group moves on to Playa D’Aro for the MIC competition.
US Club Soccer is fully funding the trip in conjunction with Nike. The id² Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation. id² Boys Program director Gerry McKeown will lead the team in the id² Program’s eighth trip abroad.
“We are excited to participate in a competitive tournament for the first time with our international tour,” said McKeown. “While it will not change our approach to the games and committing to excellence over results, it will guarantee challenging matches against players from our own age group. In the past, we have been disappointed when our opponents would use players from older age groups to influence the outcome of the matches. It should be a great opportunity for young players to compete against some of the world’s elite in a tournament that has such a storied history of talented participants.”
In addition to Nike, LaLiga is providing resources to enhance the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour. Premier International Tours is also assisting with travel logistics, and, like previous years, is serving as on-site liaison for the duration of the trip.