30 Sep First fall 2015 id² Training Camp held in New Jersey
A total of 113 players from 63 different clubs participated in the id² Training Camp in Somerset, N.J., Sept. 24-27. This was the third id² Training Camp for the current age group cycle, which targets boys born in 2002 and girls born in 2001.
Players participated in several training sessions and games over the weekend, as well as off-the-field presentations discussing tactical or other developmental themes. Throughout the camp, emphasis was placed on teaching players the mentality and behaviors necessary for long-term success.
The recent camp in New Jersey was held at PDA Soccer Complex and Jersey United’s Falcon Field. PDA Soccer Complex also serves as hosting venue of the National Cup Mid-Atlantic Regional and the annual Northeast Pre-Academy League PDP.
- Browse @USClubSoccer on Instagram for photos throughout the camp
Directors Gerry McKeown and Rory Dames led the boys and girls groups, respectively. US Club Soccer Executive Vice President Christian Lavers and NPL General Manager Leo Garcia were in attendance to oversee the program.
Staff at the camp included some of the best youth coaches in the country. Coaching the boys were: Matt Bernard (Sacramento Republic FC), Brendan Eitz (NISL), Matt Lawrey (Richmond Strikers), Eric Ruano (PDA) and Ray Selvadurai (Manhattan SC). Kacey Burke (CASL), Jason Dewhurst (FC Stars of Mass), Jillian Loyden (The Keeper Institute) and Bobby Puppione (Cincinnati United) coached the girls.
U.S. Soccer sent a pair of representatives to scout players at the camp. Scouts Mark Carr and Luis Mendoza kept a close watch on participants for potential invitations to youth national team programming.
Players received evaluations from their id2 coaches and left camp with tools for personal success and a vision of the potential future for them on the field.
There is no cost to players to be identified for or participate in the id2 Program. For id2 Training Camps, all lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike. The id2 Program is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation or lack thereof. It is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
The fourth and final camp of the cycle will be held Dec. 10-13 in Casa Grande, Ariz., and will move to primarily target girls born in 2002 – while continuing to target boys born in 2002. Top performers from all four camps, including two in the spring (Chula Vista, Calif. and Raleigh, N.C.) will be invited to id² National Selection programming in 2016.
The dates and location of the 2016 id² National Selection International Tour (Boys) will be announced soon. The 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id² (Girls) concluded this past August at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.
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A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike.