[VIDEO PICK]U.S. under-14 national team coach Hugo Perez and U.S. Club Soccer chairman Phil Wright review the 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain, where the players born in 1999 played four games, including matches against youth academy teams from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
"I think it's very important for our players in America to get this type of exposure," Perez said. "For our kids to play against two of the great clubs in the world I think has been a good experience for them. Watching this week and being here with the group and the players, I think we can compete, and again I'm very excited that U.S. Club Soccer has put this program together."
The id2 National Selection beat AT Chopera Alcobendas 04 Cadete A, 4-0, and Girona FC Infantil A, 6-1. In between were matches against Real Madrid (4-2 loss) and Barcelona (2-1 loss).
The players also got a chance to watch Barcelona's home victory over Deportivo Coruna -- including a goal by Lionel Messi -- from field-level seats.