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National Selection to face Real Madrid and Barcelona teams
February 20th, 2013 9:29PM
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TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain, u.s. club soccer


[ID2 TOUR] The id2 National Selection is returning to Spain, where it will face teams from Real Madrid and Barcelona on its 12-day tour that begins Feb. 28.
Head coach Gerry McKeown's 18-player team will convene on Feb. 28 in Miami, where it will conduct a pair of training sessions before flying to Madrid.
The team will face Real Madrid’s Infantil A squad on March 5, followed by a meeting with Barcelona two days later. Both matches will take place at the clubs’ official training grounds, Ciudad Real Madrid and Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

In addition, the team will play in scrimmages, conduct training sessions and gain the unique educational and cultural experience of life in another country.
id2 National Selection International Tour Roster:
 4 D Tyler Adams Wappingers Falls, N.Y. New York Red Bulls
15 D Andrew Aprahamian Exton, Pa. Penn Fusion
1 GK Carlos Avilez Dallas, Texas FC Dallas
8 M Omar Beltran Garland, Texas Dallas Texans
14 M Josh Burnett Glen Ridge, N.J. PDA
18 M Jose Carranza Manassas, Va. D.C. United
9 F Lucas del Rosario Durham, N.C. CASL
5 D Mckay Eves Las Vegas, Nev. Heat FC
7 F Jonathan Gonzalez Santa Rosa, Calif. Atletico Santa Rosa
2 D Kyle Gruno Upper Saddle River, N.J. PDA
3 F/D Edwin Lara San Leandro, Calif. Pumas
17 D Anthony Markanich Bourbonnais, Ill. Chicago Fire Academy
20 GK Trey Muse Louisville, Ky. Rovers Youth Academy
12 M Will Rojas New Brunswick, N.J. Match Fit Chelsea
6 D Cody Sundquist Lincoln, Calif. Placer United
10 M Nick Taitague Midlothian, Va. FC Richmond
11 F Adolfo Trujillo Livermore, Calif. Ballistic United SC
16 D Samuel Vines Colorado Springs, Colo. Pride SC

  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: February 21, 2013 at 12:16 a.m.
    How many National Teams do we have???? What in the world? What is id2? Sounds like something out of "Star Wars!"
  1. Brandon Elwood
    commented on: February 21, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
    ID2 is US Club's version of a National team. Its basically the same as the National team. As most of these kids are coming straight from a week with the National team camp in Carson Ca. It is totally free and sponsored by US club and Nike. Very well run.
  1. Harry Johnson
    commented on: February 21, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
    ID2 is free? How do they get quality coaches to train the players? You can't tell me they do it for free?
  1. Brandon Elwood
    commented on: February 21, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.
    At that level and the way soccer is growing in the US... why would you not do it for free. It goes on your resume. The players are National level players. However I did only mean that the program is free to the players. I have no Idea whether the coaches are paid or not. I will say that they are very high level coaches as well as the staff that they employ to the camps.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: February 25, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.
    It is sponsored by Nike and US Club Soccer, so my guess is coaches are well paid. Nike gives the kids free stuff but must pay their own travel. There were 2 National Staff Coaches at the Phoenix camp in December and they seem to be working very closely with ID2 with player selection. There really isnt a difference in how they are scouted from the national team so it is the main reason why they are most of the same players.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: February 25, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.
    I would think ID2 would scout a 2nd pool of players that the USSF is unaware of or skeptical about so they can try to prove themselves on an international stage and not most or 1/2 of the same. Their very name stands for Identification Development. If USSF has already identified these players why do it again?? McKeown runs PDA as well. PDA is the only club to have 2 players represented on this Spain trip. The same in 2011 & 2012. There is no longer info on 2010 or before. Might be just a coincidence or that club is really good at development.

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