US Club Soccer id² National Selection set for Argentina tour
The US Club Soccer id² National Selection, which includes 18 players born in 2001-02, will begin its journey to Argentina on Friday. A brief domestic camp in Houston will prepare the group for a challenging 10-day schedule during the 2015 id² National Selection International Tour.
Playing every other day in Buenos Aires, the American group faces the following Argentinian youth academy teams:
|Date / Time:||Opponent:||Location:|
|Tuesday, March 3 at 3 p.m.||Velez Sarsfield Infantiles Categoría 2001||Villa Olímpica|
|Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.||Boca Juniors Infantiles Categoría 2001||La Candela|
|Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m.||Argentinos Juniors Infantiles Categoría 2001||Argentinos Juniors Training Center|
|Monday, March 9 at TBD||San Lorenzo de Almagro Infantiles Categoría 2001||La Ciudad Deportiva|
* All times are local. Buenos Aires is two hours ahead of United States EST.
Gerry McKeown, id² Boys Program Director and head coach of the id² National Selection, is tasked with organizing the team in just four days before the Americans take the field against their first international opponent. Prior to landing in South America, the group will have two training sessions and a scrimmage against a Texas Rush U-16 team at Bear Branch Sportsfields.
The id² National Selection then flies overnight to Buenos Aires, arriving on Monday morning, March 2. The squad will engage in a light training session that afternoon. On days without games, McKeown will lead either training, recovery sessions, team meetings, video analysis sessions or other activities. Villa Olímpica will serve as the squad’s training base for the duration of the tour.
Among the trip’s off-the-field highlights will be attending an Argentinian Primera División game. In all, the international tour will be a multi-faceted experience that also includes training in some of the country’s top facilities and landmarks.
The id² National Selection squad returns to American soil on March 11.