"This opportunity for me to travel to Spain again is absolutely incredible, said Edelman. "It’s my dream to become a professional soccer player and this trip will only get me closer to be successful. I am looking forward to this experience not because I get to go to Spain and see the culture, but mainly because the competition my team and I are going to encounter will be world class.”
Seventeen clubs spanning nine states and Peru are represented and the 2017 id² National Selection International Tour will be a multi-faceted experience highlighted by participation in the 17th annual Mediterranean International Cup (MIC). The trip is made possible through strong support from Nike and assistance from LaLiga and Premier International Tours.
"In the past, we have been disappointed when our opponents would use players from older age groups to influence the outcome of the matches. It should be a great opportunity for young players to compete against some of the world's elite in a tournament that has such a storied history of talented participants."
Numerous id² National Selection alumni have been called into U.S. Soccer's National Team programs, including Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin and Greg Garza.
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.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
US Club Soccer's id² Program previously toured Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2016, playing games against the likes of Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. In the eight-year history of the international tour, US Club Soccer's id² National Selection team has played a collection of friendlies against top academy teams. Participation in the 2017 MIC represents the first time the id² team will play in a tournament.
In addition to competing in one of the best competitions in the world, the group will be immersed in a multi-faceted experience on- and-off-the-field that also includes watching professional games, training in some of the country's best facilities and enjoying cultural immersion through sightseeing excursions.
U.S. Soccer will send a technical advisor to accompany the group on the tour in order to scout players for potential inclusion in youth national team programming. Numerous id² National Selection alumni have been called into U.S. Soccer's National Team programs, including Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin and Greg Garza.