31 Jan Minnesota’s top youth players turn out for PDP hosted by Twin Cities Soccer Leagues
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. | A total of 72 players from 14 clubs in Minnesota participated in a Player Development Program (PDP) at Eden Prairie High School Dome. Players competed in a variety of exercises, including technical drills emphasizing attacking, as well as 11v11 scrimmages.
This PDP was hosted by the Twin Cities Soccer Leagues, and the following clubs were represented:
- Blaine SC
- Eclipse Select
- Eden Prairie SC
- Edina SC
- Lakeville SC
- Minneapolis United
- Minnesota Thunder Academy
- Prior Lake SC
- REV SC
- Sporting St. Croix
- St. Paul Blackhawks
- Tonka Fusion Elite
- United Soccer Club of Red River Valley
- White Bear Lake
The PDP targeted top 2004-05 boys and girls in the region, and top performers will receive invitations to the March 15-18 id2 Training Camp in Raleigh, N.C.
Staff coaches directing the US Club Soccer PDP curriculum were: Carl Craig (formerly of Minnesota United FC), Julie Eibensteiner (University of St. Thomas) and Jon Lowery (University of St. Thomas). Matt Tiano, Twin Cities Soccer Leagues CEO, was on-site to oversee the first PDP hosted by the TCSL. Several photos from the PDP are available here.
“The first TCSL PDP was an overwhelming success. Players were able to train and compete, led by three neutral, accomplished coaches. Thanks to Eden Prairie Soccer Club for providing access to great facilities, and we look forward to providing additional PDP and id2 opportunities to our players in the very near future.”
PDPs are focused around the National Premier Leagues (NPL) and other top leagues in specific geographic areas. PDP invitations are based on objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching.
The Twin Cities Soccer Leagues – consisting of 27 clubs and more than 600 teams in boys and girls age groups – joined US Club Soccer this past summer. In its short time as a member, the league has embraced the developmental and holistic philosophies of US Club Soccer.
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A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
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