(Via US Club Soccer) – Members of the 2017 US Club Soccer id² National Selection International Tour will travel to Spain from April 6-17 for a multi-faceted experience highlighted by participation in the 17th annual Mediterranean International Cup.
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, Mexico National Selection, Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool FC and FC Inter Milan have all competed. Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Gerard Piqué and other world renowned stars have taken the MIC pitch.
The tournament officially begins April 12 and progresses five days with the championship round on Easter Sunday (April 16). Prior to that, the id² National Selection team will begin its journey in New Jersey with a domestic camp, April 6-8. After arriving in Barcelona the morning of April 9, the American delegation will transfer to 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.
id² Boys Program director Gerry McKeown will lead the team in the id² Program’s eighth trip abroad. Eighteen boys players from the previous id² age group cycle, targeting top 2003-born players, will be selected in the coming weeks. A full roster and schedule of activities are to be announced on usclubsoccer.org soon.
“The MIC is a great opportunity for our team to play a variety of top academies around the world in one competition,” McKeown said. “This tournament brings another dimension to the player development aspect of the id² international trip.”