Huge congratulations are in order for Dominic Gambone (2004 boy) as he was one of 18 players invited NATIONWIDE to attend the prestigious Mediterranean International Cup in Spain at the end of March with this national team of players.
Dominic was selected from the thousands of players that participated in the Regional ID invitation only events held throughout the nation.
Conducted with the support of Nike, the id2 National Selection provides a multi‐faceted experience on‐ and off‐the‐field that includes competing against top youth academy teams, watching professional games and playing at top‐quality venues, in addition to the unique educational and cultural experiences that come with traveling internationally.
US Club Soccer and Nike will fund the tour for the selected players, including airfare, lodging and meals, and provide a comprehensive gear, training and competition package.
Teams that feature in this tournament include academy teams from FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, ACF Fiorentina, Boca Juniors, Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Argentinos Juniors, Manchester City FC, Everton FC, Celtic FC, AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund among others.
Dominic has been a Canton United player since the age of 8 and has progressed into a dominant force on the field. Playing an age group up with the 2003 MRL boys, Dom helped lead the team to a State Championship this past spring and featured at the Regional Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
This is a major honor for him as well as the club and the coaches that have worked hard to develop Dominic into a well rounded player since he was very young. He provides a great example to our players of the possibilities that are out there with the right combination of ability, training environment, and opportunity.
Club Director of Coaching Damien Marchione had this to say, “Dominic has really developed into a high level, well rounded player. I can remember his original tryout and him just fighting to have a spot on a team, and now to be playing at an elite level against some of the best academies in the world with national team players is remarkable and he is just getting started only being a 2004. He truly makes his presence felt in each game he plays in despite it being a year up. Coach Mario Giganti and Brian Anderson deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done not just with Dom, but that entire group of players over the years that have helped create this opportunity for one of our boys.”
We wish Dominic the best of luck playing at this international event and congratulations on this well deserved honor!