id2 National Selection picked for Argentina trip

The id2 National Selection roster for the international tour to Argentina Feb. 28-March 10 features 18 boys -- 16 born in 2001 and two born in 2002 -- from nine states.

Over the past five years, id2 all-stars have traveled to Germany and the Netherlands in 2010, England and Scotland in 2011, Spain in 2012 and 2013 and Italy in 2014. Many of the top players in the national youth team system started out their international careers on the id2 tour, which has drawn increased attention for foreign clubs.

Alumni include U.S. U-17 star Christian Pulisic and MLS Homegrown signings Tommy Redding and Ben Swanson.

2015 id2 National Selection roster:
NO. PLAYER POS. 10 Julian Anderson M Ocean, N.J. PDA 2002
9 Luis Arriaga F Santa Rosa, Calif. Santa Rosa United 2001
12 Ed Berumen D / M Salida, Calif. Modesto Ajax United 2001
7 Eduardo Blancas F Napa, Calif. Napa Valley FC 2001
15 Judson Burns D Argyle, Texas Andromeda FC 2001
4 Dominic De Almeida M/D Lincoln Park, N.J. PDA 2001
14 Jesus Esparza M Newark, Calif. Palo Alto SC 2001
18 Angel Flores F Carlsbad, Calif. Carlsbad United FC 2001
6 Abraham Gonzalez M Riverside, Calif. FC Golden State 2001
11 Azriel Gonzalez F Las Vegas, Nev. Heat FC 2001
16 Luke Hansen D Littleton, Colo. Colorado Rush SC 2001
17 Bryang Kayo M Montgomery Village, Md. Bethesda SC 2002
8 Lorenzo Lopez M Oregon City, Ore. Crossfire Oregon SC 2001
1 Cole McNally GK Mt. Airy, Md. Baltimore Celtic SC 2001
3 Togo Nakamura D Torrance, Calif. LA Galaxy 2001
5 Leonardo Sepulveda D Corona, Calif. Empire SC 2001
0 Noah Thomas GK Lakewood, Wash. Washington Premier FC 2001
2 Donovan Wu D/M Medford, N.J. FC Continental 2001
10 comments about "id2 National Selection picked for Argentina trip".
  1. Karl Schreiber, January 27, 2015 at 1:36 p.m.

    SA, please: "id2" is not a common-knowledge term, even for readers of S.A. A note would be helpful to explain: What is "id2"? Under what auspices? Who selects the players? How are they selected? Citizenship requirements? Who coaches?

  2. Futsal nation, January 27, 2015 at 11:40 p.m.

    Karl, all you need to know is that the ID2 head coach is PDA Director and that every year 2 PDA players are deemed good enough to make this trip from the entire country since this selection started. He is aided by 2-3 other USSF Coaches. No other club is as consistent in selections in the entire country. Nike sponsors the entire thing.

  3. BJ Genovese, January 28, 2015 at 12:29 a.m.

    My Son did ID2 in 2012. He didnt make the Spain trip, but it was a good experience. US club is lucky to have ID2 since non of there club players are ever going to make it to TC or National team camps by US soccer only selecting USSDA players. Top players need another outlet to put on there CV if they are going to get snubbed by US soccer. Id2 is a great program. I just wish they had it for every age group.

  4. Jogo Bonito, January 28, 2015 at 2:23 a.m.

    Futsal,
    PDA has 3 players on the U17 national team where the club has no connection what so ever. PDA also just won the U17-18 USDA national championship this past summer ... maybe they just run a very good club and that's why they have kids on every year. So is he not supposed to pick PDA players even if they're worthy? Grow up dude

  5. Gus Keri, January 28, 2015 at 10:06 a.m.

    I feel for you, Karl. You ask the question and nobody even bothers to answer you. id2 is as a stupid name as it gets. Read here: http://www.usclubsoccer.org/programs/player-identification/id2-program/

  6. Karl Schreiber, January 28, 2015 at 10:20 a.m.

    Thanks for the feedback! - A lot has happened since I left "organized soccer"! The USSF-Website does not provide a hitchhiker's guide through the universe of affiliated or sanctioned organizations and how they work together for the common goal.

  7. Futsal nation, January 28, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

    Jogo, Do they win the USSDA every year?? And what does winning have to do with developing top players?? If you said that those players were playing up 2 years in PDA then I would agree with you. I dont doubt that PDA is a good prgram but what you suggest is that it is the best program in the entire country or/and are the only ones capable to develop exactly 2 players good enough to be selected for this Nike sponsored trip. PDA should just run our entire development program then. Grow up?? Sorry for having common sense.

  8. Jogo Bonito, January 30, 2015 at 9:53 p.m.

    Futsal, winning the USDA even once says a lot about the quality of your team - but i agree that on the youth level winning should be secondary to development. However, winning at the U17/18 level has more significance than winning at the younger age groups. You also make a strong point about players playing up. PDA's U17/18's played 9 players over the course of the season that were young enough to play at the U15/16 level. I just think it's easy to say that because the director is from PDA that his players get an unfair advantage. Have you seen these kids play? It's quite possible that just might be good enough.

  9. Futsal nation, January 31, 2015 at 5:55 p.m.

    Jogo, again i do not doubt that PDA is a great club or that the director is a great coach. ID2 is promoting that they scout the entire country for the very best players in 1 specific age group a year, at 13-14 years old. ID2 has existed for more than 10 years. Same director every year. exactly 2 PDA players every year or almost every year are chosen. No more. No less. How can it be that one club, however great it might be, has exactly the same amount of the very very best 18 players, every year, in the entire country?? Surely you must understand this is not possible. It sends the wrong message about the entire program. I can personally tell you it is completely political. I have seen a few players reccomended that are now national team players and they wouldnt even consider them at ID2. I dont think the USA National team is pulling in 2 or more PDA players to their teams or even camps. The kicker here is that the guys helping Mcown are USSF scouts, National Team Staff, which I dont understand. The entire purpose for ID2, sponsored by Nike, is to identify talent so they can reccomend them to the USA National Team. Hence, the word "ID". How does this work if the National team Staff are already there?? Very easy to be successful in getting their players into USA camp and promoting they are good at it. And even in this case we dont see that many PDA players pulled in to USA Teams and as consistently as in ID2. Unless you believe that there is absolutely no way that the PDA/ID2 director in no possible way would use his position to his club's advantage.

  10. Futsal nation, January 31, 2015 at 5:57 p.m.

    No other club even close to PDA. Not even 1/2 as close. PDA must be the absolutely best club in USA. Actually the world. Or maybe they are the best at just the 13-14 year old ages??

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