Tatenda Chigede, a Jenks eighth-grader and Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane standout, is one of 18 juniors nationwide chosen for the U.S. Club Soccer 2018 id2 National Selection International Team. He will participate in the annual Mediterranean International Cup, a competition that kicks off Thursday in Barcelona, Spain. “I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Chigede, 14, said. “I think it will be very exciting and very challenging to play against this kind of competition.” Chegede, whose middle name is “Trust,” plays center back and center midfield for TSC Hurricane’s U14 ECNL team, the highest level of junior national competition. He said he also enjoys pushing forward and scoring goals when opportunities present themselves. His team reached the U.S. Youth Soccer nationals last summer and was a Dallas Cup finalist. Chigede was a “Best 11” selection in the elite tournament. TSC Hurricane is 12-0 this spring and has qualified for the ECNL playoffs. “Tatenda is a good soccer player and a good athlete, but he is an even better person,” said Christian Porto, Chigede’s TSC Hurricane coach. “He has a good head on his shoulders and he is a leader for us. He’s able to receive an accolade like this and still be a humble, good teammate and that speaks very highly for his character.” Chigede attended an invitation-only camp in Arizona in December and made the National Selection team from a pool of 50 athletes chosen by scouts from across the country.