Best XI: Top boys at id2 training camp Article Written by Odeen Domingo, ESNN
Published: December 20, 2013
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — There was an abundance of great talent on display at Grande Sports World throughout last weekend. Here's a Best XI for the top boys by position from players seen at the id2 training camp.
BOYS BEST XI
GK Noah Thomas, Washington Premier FC: A 2001 who wasn’t the tallest GK in camp, but had a huge Friday performance where he had one highlight-reel save after another.
LB Tyler Ripley, Manhattan SC: A natural left back, Ripley is fast and strong for his size. The coaches even trusted his offensive skills, placing him farther forward at midfield on Sunday.
LCB Kelee Cornfield, Manchester Academy Elite: Cornfield is a modern-day center back. Not only is he strong when he needs to be, but he can play the ball out of the back and is comfortable moving up the field to help the attack during the run of play.
RCB Kenny Amaral, East Bay United: A matchup nightmare for opposing attackers, Amaral seems to have all the tools to defend any type of player.
RB Zico Bailey, Heat FC: The best player in the camp and everyone knew it. He defends just as well as any pure defender, but his skills on the ball, touch and speed make him such a dangerous player bombing forward from the back line.
LDM Jacob Muchnick, Los Angeles Galaxy: One of the smallest players in camp, but the loudest and most vocal. Even the coaches know who to go to when they want a player to organize teammates. Muchnick didn’t touch the ball as much as a center midfielder should, but he always seems to be at the right spots and finish his scoring chances.
RDM Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus, San Jose Earthquakes: Foe Nuphaus wasn’t highlighted much over the weekend, but he’s a player that hardly ever makes mistakes on the field. Every time he has the ball, he’s been smooth, smart and plays the right pass.
LAM Nico Lemoine, Ballistic United SC: One of the quickest players on the field, Lemoine always put himself in spots to receive the ball. His teammates knew that positive things happen when they gave it to him.
CAM Marco Campos, San Jose Earthquakes: Friday was his best day when he could do no wrong, be it passing or dribbling. He had an up-and-down Sunday, but still had moments of impressive display.
RAM Sebastian Cruz, California Odyssey SC: His best matches came on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, he had two assists in a dynamic 30 minutes. On Saturday, he was as active as any player. On Sunday, he missed two great chances to score, but displayed some good passing.
CF Ricky Mendez, Marin FC: He wasn’t the only forward who recorded a hat trick in a game, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And Mendez played his best in the biggest match of the weekend.
Honorable mention: GK Thomas Gallina, Empire Revolution SA; ST Jonathan Estrada, Los Angeles Galaxy; DF Colton Farley, Vardar SC; DF Nick Fernandez, Chicago Fire Academy; MF Ivan Loncar, PDA; MF Bishop Washington, Washington Timbers FC; MF Timothy Cleere, New York Hota Bavarians SC, DF Jesus Ortiz, Houston Dynamo; MF Emmanual Iwe, Joy to World; MF Joseph McGee, Classics Elite.