15 Mar Keeping up with the 2018 id2 Training Camp in Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh, N.C. | The first id2 Training Camp of 2018 was held in Ting Park, March 15-18. This marked the first of the id2 Training Camp age group cycle targeting 2005 boys and 2004 girls.
Once the three camps for this age group cycle have been completed, US Club Soccer will invite top performers from this entire cycle to participate in id2 National Selection programming: the id2 National Selection International Tour (Spring 2019 for boys) and the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp (Summer 2019 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.
Sunday, March 18:
The final day of training camp looks a bit different than the prior days, as the athletes had to check out and head home by noon. The girls and one group of boys departed for the fields at 8 a.m. for the girls’ street soccer recovery session, while the four newly arranged boys’ teams each had one scrimmage left to play.
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As the players depart from their first id2 training camp, they will leave having gained new lessons, skills, and friends they have made over the past four days. Hopefully, they will also walk away with an even stronger passion for the game.
Saturday, March 17:
The training camp’s second day of two-a-day training saw more comprehensive drills in the morning sessions, before the rosters were scrambled and the athletes played matches in the evening sessions. The first group of girls headed to the fields shortly before 9 a.m, while the boys followed suit an hour later. The weather in Raleigh has been warmer every day, and finally allowed for perfect playing conditions with a beautiful, sunny day.
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In the evening’s training, the boys played their first 11 vs. 11 matches of the weekend, while the girls competed in their final games. Sunday’s half day will see the boys divided into four teams, where they will each play a final game. The girls will participate in a morning recovery session before heading back home, after leaving it all on the field in Saturday’s competitive matches.
Friday, March 16:
As the weekend shifts to two-a-day training sessions after campers settled in during Thursday’s half-day, the intensity of the drills and scrimmages increases. On the boys side, coach Gerry is focusing on building out of the back, with an emphasis on how the 4 and 5 central defense positions combine play with the 6 and 8 midfielders.
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The players will also scrimmage, before the girls are treated to a special guest speaker tonight. U.S. Women’s National Team and North Carolina Courage forward, Crystal Dunn, will stop by camp to share about her soccer experience. In 2015, before her time with the Courage and Chelsea L.F.C., Dunn became the youngest player ever to win each of the 2015 NWSL MVP and Golden boot award, at 23-years-old.
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Thursday, March 15:
The first day of camp is a half-day, as nearly 120 players from around the nation arrived to get checked in before taking the field at Ting Park. After the players met with their respective coaching staffs, the first training sessions began at 3:30 and focused on technical drills. Friday kicks-off the weekend’s first day of two-a-day training sessions.
The Girls are scrimmaging on one field, while the boys practice building out of the back on the next, during the first of Friday’s two-a-day training sessions. #id2NC pic.twitter.com/gNWzu2f5mY — US Club Soccer (@USClubSoccer) March 16, 2018
Assisting id2 boys director Gerry McKeown and id2 girls director Tricia Taliaferro are boys coaches: David Allred (Wake FC), Tom Shields (STA), Carlos Parra (Inter Atlanta and former MLS defender), Justin Marriott (JJSA), and Caleb Norkus (Wake FC). The girls are being coached by Russell Gee (Challenge SC), Steve Campbell (Maryland United FC), Ruiari McGuinness (East Meadow SC), Maria Doris (Drexel University), and Kevin Mascary (FC Stars).
Stay tuned for more live updates.
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