24 Mar id² Training Camp in Oregon identifies country’s elite youth players
The first id² Training Camp of the current cycle targeting boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000 wrapped up in Portland, Ore., this past weekend. A total of 65 clubs from 15 different states were represented among the 109 players who attended the four-day, comprehensive player identification and development camp from March 20-23.
Training and games were split between Nike World Headquarters and the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex in Beaverton, Ore. Players had busy daily schedules of training sessions, competitions, team meetings and presentations. The camp curriculum for both genders featured heavy emphasis on high-level functional technical training and general team tactics.
The camp was led by id² Boys Program Director Gerry McKeown, id² Girls Program Director Rory Dames and id² Girls Program Associate Director Tricia Taliaferro, with top staff from around the country, many of whom work with U.S. youth national teams: Jason Dewhurst (FC Stars of Massachusetts), Stephen Kiss (Tualatin Hills United SC), Hideki Nakada (University of Oregon), John Newman (Princeton SA), David Richardson (Sockers FC Chicago) and Corbin Stone.
Top performers from the two Spring id² Training Camps, the second of which will be held April 3-6 at WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C., as well as from a pair of camps to come in the fall, will be selected for id² National Selection programming at the end of the cycle. As part of the previous id² Program cycle, the id² National Selection International Tour to Italy targeting boys born in 2000 concluded earlier this month. Details of the id² National Selection Training Camp targeting girls born in 1999 will be announced soon.
An Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation, the id2 Program provides an opportunity for the country’s elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, while also being scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER
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 and the Army National Guard.