Keeping up with the Fall 2017 id2 Training Camp in Lancaster, Massachusetts

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Keeping up with the Fall 2017 id2 Training Camp in Lancaster, Massachusetts | Rosters – Boys / Girls | Photos

LANCASTER, Mass. | The second id2 Training Camp of 2017 was held at FC Stars Soccer Complex, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. This camp was the first of two post-summer camps, with the final camp of 2017 being held in early December in Casa Grande, Ariz. Those will conclude the training camp portion of the id2 age group cycle targeting 2004 boys and 2003 girls.

As is customary for the fall and winter id2 camps, scouting extends to 2004 girls, as well, to accommodate upcoming U.S. Soccer Federation’s youth national team programming on the girls side. Beyond these two remaining camps, US Club Soccer will invite top performers from this entire age group cycle to participate in id2 National Selection programming: the id2 National Selection International Tour (Spring 2018 for boys) and the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp (Summer 2018 for girls).

Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. id2 Program directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) implement curriculum and direct activities. The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation. There is no cost for players to participate or be scouted, and all meals, lodging and gear are provided by US Club Soccer and Nike.

Thursday, Sept. 28:

The first day of camp is a half day with players arriving throughout the morning and early afternoon. At check-in at the headquarters hotel, players are given team assignments for their evening training sessions.

All training sessions will be held at FC Stars Soccer Complex, while off-the-field presentations, team meetings and meals are at the hotel. It’s both a challenging and rewarding experience for these young athletes, as they are treated like young professionals – potentially giving them a glimpse into their future.

Below is a video from last year’s winter camp in Casa Grande, Ariz., where you can see what a typical “day in the life” of an id2 participant is like.

Friday, Sept. 29:

It may be the second day of camp, but it’s the first full day of activities, as participants engage in two-a-days (training and scrimmages) today. The morning sessions are 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., and the afternoon sessions are 3:15-4:45 p.m. and 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Sandwiched in between those are post-lunch player meetings. Last night, id2 directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) also held meetings to lay out the goals of the camp. McKeown also showed videos from the most recent id2 National Selection International Tour, in which 18 top boys players competed in the prestigious Mediterranean International Cup in Spain.

Saturday, Sept. 30:

Another full day of activities await campers today. For the boys, the day begins with classroom sessions and then progresses to afternoon field sessions. The girls will repeat a similar schedule of Friday with field sessions in the morning and afternoon. The second field sessions for the girls will be 11v11 scrimmages.

Staff coaches leading activities this weekend are: Matt Davison (girls – FC Stars), Jason Dewhurst (girls – FC Stars), Stuart Hilton (girls – Sting SC), Louis Mateus (boys – Chicago Magic SC), Ruairi McGuinness (girls – East Meadow SC), Ben Moane (boys – FC Boston), Ian Mork (boys – NorCal Premier), John Newman (boys – Princeton SA), David Robertson (girls – NorCal Premier) and Tom Shields (boys – STA).

Sunday, Oct. 1:

The final day of this id2 Training Camp included 11v11 scrimmages in the morning for the boys participants, while the girls engaged in light competitions of soccer tennis.

We hope all participants take everything they learned – both on- and off-the-field lessons – and apply them within their club.

A full recap is coming soon. Join the conversation on social media by following @USClubSoccer on Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #id2MA.