– The U14 Boys National ID Camp is an excellent event in many ways, largely because of the emphasis Head Coach Manny Schellscheidt and his staff place on the learning experience to be gained here.
It’s a challenge for the players (and to some extent their families) to focus fully on what a tremendous learning opportunity it is. For almost all of them it is the best quality environment they have been in both for training and competitive matches. On top of that there is a veteran cadre of coaches with a deep teaching background. Every player, regardless of how well they play or which matches they are involved in, has the opportunity to learn so much.
But with a pool match played Wednesday through Friday, and the promise of selection to the first U14 Boys National Team roster for this cycle at the Disney Showcase in November, it’s sometimes hard for players to focus on the positive through the likely bouts of anxiety over their performances and any mistakes made.
But then, maybe that’s a way of learning too – because top players around the world have to overcome those sorts of scenarios all the time and still perform at a high level, so in that case this camp can serve as a baptism of fire.
Pool matches start Wednesday, but as Schellscheidt and others always say, the list of who is in the primo match can change from day to day, and the opportunity for players here extends well beyond this event, with most of them set to be at Disney in Thanksgiving at least on a regional team if not a national side.
Following are the game lineups and some details from Tuesday’s action.
Team One 3, Team Six 1
Olney Rangers (MD) player Jeremy Ebobisse scored a pair of goals, with Joseph Jones of Baltimore Bays also finding the back of the net for Region I. Donald Emerson scored for Team 6.
Team One Lineup
GK: Nicholas Giordano
D: Ryan Bayne
, Josh Cox, David Bateman
M: Sean Wilson
, Christopher Gomez
, Gary Foley, Amadu Kunateh
F: Joseph Jones, John Doran, Jeremy Ebobisse-Ebolo
Subs: Nicolas Pritchard (GK), Dylan Cranmer, Erik Swenson, Alex Vigliotti, Daniel O’Grady, Malcolm Dixon
, Gedion Zelalem, Abraham Kittle, Grant Kelly
Team Six Lineup
GK: Joseph Martin
D: Billy Abdallah, Kevin Moranchel, Christian Segovia
M: Tosh Samkange
, Kyle Duncan, William McCreary, Kevin Carvalho
F: Donald Emerson, Callum Johnson
, Justin H ansen
Subs: Cameron Keys (GK), John Skahan, Ben Zieff, Adam Kmiec Jr., Jacob Hernandez
, Daniel Crisostomo, Miles Sanchez, Tyler Gabarra
Team Four 2, Team Two 0
Amirgey Pineda and Dylan Smith, both of Fullerton Rangers, scored for the westerners.
Midfielder David Villegas of Elk Grove Everton and defender Guillermo Bermudez played well for Region IV. Jorge Ruiz
of LAFC Chelsea showed good quickness and technical speed. Region II got good shifts from Shannon Seymour
of Chicago Fire and Calum Bishop of Chicago Magic.
Team Four Lineup
GK: Christian Herrera
D: Benny Lorca, Chet Castellaw, Malcolm Jones
M: Pablo Pelaez
, Alexis Hernandez, Amir Bashti, David Villegas
F: Alejandro Vergara, Amirgy Pineda
, Eduardo Venta-Yepes
Subs: Justin Vom Steeg
(GK), Sebastian Saucedo, Dylan Smith, Jorge Ruiz
, Luis Carbajal, Reid Baez
, Joshua Doughty, Guillermo Bermudez, Diego Silva
Team Two Lineup
GK: Peyton Brown
D: Max Steigwardt, Peter Brown, Peter Schropp
M: Grant Fisher, Shannon Seymour
, Benjamin Swanson, Jackson Yueill
F: Dante Guerrero, Mukwelle Akale, Julian Castro
Subs: Parker Siegfried
, Erik Pritschau, Calum Bishop, Nicholas Hibbeler
, Konstadin Moni, Brendan McDonough
, Luke Haakenson
, Alexander Knox
, Tom Ueland
Team Five 2, Team Three 2
Ronaldo Lozano of Albertson SC scored an opening goal for Team Five, which got good technical play from Bayside United’s Justin Freitas. Region III evened the score at 1-1 on Dallas Texans’ Ryan Barlow, who chipped the keeper after a good through ball from Fusion FC’s Coy Craft, who was very good in the middle of the park for the 2nd day.
In the 2nd half, Stephen Elias of Beachside SC (NY) made it 2-1 for Team Five. Adnan Bakolovic of Empire United was showing good feet and soccer ideas for his team. Christian Lucatero of Houstonians scored a late equalizer for Region III.
Team Five Lineup
GK: James Marcinkowski
D: Ether Bustos, Sam Carter, Evan Martinez
M: Carmeron Lindley, Justin Frietas, Carlos Bonilla, James Murphy
F: Jamie Vera, Ronaldo Lozano, Jelani Peters
Subs: Jesus Enriquez, Brendan Constantine, Cesar Farias, Stephen Elias, Charles Coleman, Adnan Bakolovic, Kobe Fraser, Henry Martin
, Cormac Begley
Team Three Lineup
GK: Austen Parker
D: Jean Orvil, Tommy Redding, Phillip Tran
M: Juan Martinez, Aaron Kleinert, Ryan Barlow
F: Coy Craft, Christian Lucatero, Holden Hmiel, Caleb Moore
Subs: Johan Welch (GK), Sebastian Herran, Tobin Howell, Jeremy Colvin
, Dominic Jensen, Martin Eseverri, Nathanael Rennhack, Brandon Millington, Aidan Wixted.