id2 team gets VIP treatment at 2015 Nike National Training Camp

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05 Aug id2 team gets VIP treatment at 2015 Nike National Training Camp

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A 16-member id² team of some of the best youth female soccer players from around the country concluded a memorable week at the 2015 Nike National Training Camp, powered by ECNL and id². The camp included meeting several notable professional players, receiving instruction from U.S. Soccer staff and competing against a pair of regional select teams.

As the final programming element of the id² Program cycle targeting girls born in 2000, the id² team was made up of all girls from that birth year, while the encompassing camp featured players from 1997-2000 age groups participating in ECNL activities. The id² squad came away with one victory and one tie against older select teams from Washington State and NorCal PDP, respectively.

The 2015 Nike National Training Camp was held July 28-31 with training sessions held every day. U.S. Soccer staff members were on hand to scout for potential inclusions to U.S. National Team camps.

During the id² team’s opening game against Washington State players on July 29, the squad got off to a fast start. Kaya Frazier (Michigan Hawks), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC) and Kailey Smith (West Coast FC) netted goals in the first half for a 3-0 advantage at intermission. Venicia Juarez (Slammers FC) added two goals in the second half, and Haleigh Stackpole (CASL) tacked on another goal for a 6-0 win. Madison Murphy (FC Stars of Mass) and Danielle Hansen (Colorado Storm) combined for the shutout in goal.

Two days later, the id² team was back at it, this time against a NorCal PDP group. The game was played at Providence Park – the home of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns. Rebecca Jarrett (World Class FC) provided the offense with two goals, including the final goal with less than 10 minutes ago that proved to be the final 2-2 result.

While the Nike National Training Camp provided a glimpse of potentially the talent making its way to the top levels of the sport, the event also featured several notable professional players that stopped by to interact with the girls. U.S. Soccer women’s national team mainstays Tobin Heath and Allie Long sat down for a Q&A session with campers. And, NBA superstar and passionate soccer fan Kobe Bryant made a surprise visit.

This was the third year of the National Selection programming element for the girls id² Program with all events at the prestigious Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The 16 id² players represented 13 different clubs, and were selected based on their performances in id² Training Camps and other events in 2014. The players incurred no costs to participate in the camp, as all costs including airfare, lodging, meals and training gear were covered by US Club Soccer and Nike.

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