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January 31, 2013
id2 Roster announced, Academy roundup

U.S. Club Soccer has announced the roster of its 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain from February 28 to March 11.

Head of Delegation Phil Wright, Gerry McKeown and assistant coach Benjamin Ziemer will lead the squad, which consists of boys born in 1999 selected from the id2 Program events held in 2012. Seventeen clubs and 11 states are represented on the team.

While in Madrid and Barcelona, the id2 National Selection will play matches against youth academy programs from some of the world’s most well-known professional clubs, in addition to conducting daily training sessions and gaining the unique educational and cultural experience of life in another country.

“We are very excited to be returning to Spain with another roster of some of the best young players in this country,” said McKeown, US Club Soccer’s id2 Boys’ Program Director. “This trip will be a great opportunity for them to experience different cultures, grow as players and build on the success this program has had during our previous three tours.”

This will mark the fourth straight year for the id2 National Selection International Tour.

Goalkeepers: Carlos Avilez (Dallas, Texas/FC Dallas), Trey Muse (Louisville, Ky./Rovers Youth Academy)
Defenders: Tyler Adams (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./New York Red Bulls), Andrew Aprahamian (Exton, Pa./Penn Fusion), Mckay Eves (Las Vegas, Nev./Heat FC), Kyle Gruno (Upper Saddle River, N.J./PDA), Cody Sundquist (Lincoln, Calif./Placer United), Samuel Vines(Colorado Springs, Colo./Pride SC), Anthony Markanich (Bourbonnais, Ill./Chicago Fire Academy).
Midfielders: Omar Beltran (Garland, Texas/Dallas Texans), Josh Burnett (Glen Ridge, N.J./PDA), Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va./D.C. United),Will Rojas (New Brunswick, N.J./Match Fit Chelsea), Nick Taitague (Midlothian, Va./FC Richmond).
Forwards: Lucas del Rosario (Durham, N.C./CASL), Jonathan Gonzalez (Santa Rosa, Calif./Atletico Santa Rosa), Edwin Lara (San Leandro, Calif./Pumas), Adolfo Trujillo (Livermore, Calif./Ballistic United SC)
Head of Delegation: Phil Wright (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Head Coach: Gerry McKeown (Summit, N.J.)
Assistant Coach: Benjamin Ziemer (Sebastopol, Calif.)

Nashville joins Next Generation Series
FC Nashville has been accepted into the Next Generation Series, a new youth soccer initiative undertaken by USL and IMG Academy, established to provide players, coaches and clubs the opportunity to take part in an eight month, elite-level league.

The 2013 NGS format will consist of U12 and U14 boys and girls teams participating in an eight-month season beginning in August and culminating in April that will feature two evaluation/competition events at IMG. Top players will be identified through the NGS Player Tracking Program and invited to attend the NGS ID Training Camp at IMG.

Automatic qualifiers added
The US Youth Soccer National League has added automatic Regional League qualification to the existing National League and Regional Championship slots. Beginning in 2013-2014, teams will automatically qualify for the league through the previous year’s US Youth Soccer National League, Regional Premier Leagues and Regional Championships, further integrating the most competitive US Youth Soccer programs.

"Adding US Youth Soccer Regional League qualification in addition to the National Championships qualifiers mirrors the European UEFA Champions League style format awarding teams with proven success. Bringing together the champions and runners-up from the top Regional and National competitions guarantees the highest quality of play and competition in the country," said US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski. "With the addition of Regional League qualification, already a quarter of the teams have qualified for the 2013-2014 National League season, and those teams can now plan ahead for next season knowing they have secured a spot in the National League."

Galaxy U-13’s And U-14’s Win Legends Cup
The LA Galaxy Academy Under-13 and Under-14 teams came away as big winners at the Legends Cup, one of the premier local youth soccer tournaments in the region. Held in Chino, Calif. from Jan. 19-21, three teams from Galaxy Academy participated in the tournament. The Galaxy U-13’s won the championship by beating Pateadores LA 3-0 in the final. The club’s U-14 team won their championship by beating California Odyssey South 3-1. The Galaxy’s other participant in the competition, their U-12 team, lost 1-0 in the semifinals to eventual champion Carlsbad Lighting Premier.

U.S. Development Academy
The LA Galaxy U-18’s improved their record to 8-1-2 with a 1-1 draw with Pateadores on Sunday morning. Roberto Escudero scored for Pateadores, in the 30th minute, midfielder Raul Mendiola equalized just before halftime, tying the score at 1-1.

In the second game, the Galaxy U-16 played to a 3-3 draw with Pateadores. Pateadores, which came into the game riding a six-game unbeaten streak, took a 2-0 lead in the first 30 minutes on goals by Christian Diaz. Christian Chavez pulled a goal back for the Galaxy in the 30th minute. Just before halftime, however, Pateadores struck again on a goal by Jose Castillo, to take a 3-1 lead into the break. In the second half, Manuel Padilla and Haji Wright scored in the 50th and 68th minutes, respectively, to earn a point for the Galaxy and improve their record to 2-4-5.

Chivas USA’s U-18 and U-16 academy squads returned to USSDA action last Sunday against San Juan Soccer Club in Mather, Calif. The U16s came away with a 3-1 victory while the U18s fell 4-3, their first loss in five games

San Juan Soccer Club’s U-17/18 team overcame a 3-1 deficit to post a 4-3 victory against Chivas USA. Steven Wright and Padraic McCullaugh each scored two goals for San Juan en route to its second win of the season. Wright scored the game-winner in the 83rd minute.

After falling behind in the first 18 minutes, the Texas Rush U-15/16 team rattled off three straight goals to defeat Frontier Division-leading Solar Chelsea SC 3-1 last Sunday. Oscar Baquedano Torrez, Angel Lopez and Cesar Castañeda each scored a goal for the Texas Rush (9-4-2) while Bryson Asher scored the game’s first goal for Solar Chelsea (11-3-1), which saw its five-game winning streak come to a halt.

Weston FC’s Nicholas Pappacena took hold of the goal scoring lead in the U-17/18 age group with 16 tallies on the season. He scored a goal during Weston FC’s 7-2 win against North Meck SC on Saturday, followed by a two-goal performance in a 3-0 victory against Charlotte Soccer Academy on Sunday as Weston improved to 10-3-2 in the Southeast Division.

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